Cities Programme

The Cities Programme is an innovative centre for graduate teaching and research on urban issues. The Programme’s distinctive focus is on the relationship between the physical and social development of cities. It offers degrees at Masters and PhD levels. The MSc City Design and Social Science is based on interdisciplinary teamwork in researchbased studios led by urban academics and practitioners. It draws directly from the exceptional range of expertise within and associated with LSE Cities.

The Cities Programme understands design as a mode of research and practice that shapes urban environments, responds to urban problems, and connects social, spatial and material forms in the city. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to these issues, drawing on expertise and insights from the social sciences, architecture, urban design, urban planning and related fields.

Students on the MPhil/PhD Cities conduct independent research under the supervision of expert supervisors. Doctoral students come from a range of national and disciplinary contexts, enhancing the Programme’s vibrant research and teaching environment.