MA in London and Global Cities

London South Bank University

Program Description

MA in London and Global Cities

London South Bank University

Cities and especially global(ising) cities are set to see their economic, cultural and environmental roles gain greater significance in the next decade or so. Many forums and coalitions recognize the importance of understanding, researching, managing, planning and coordinating the continued growth of cities worldwide.

London is already home to over 8 million people. Can it continue to provide a ready stream of quality housing for its inhabitants? To what extent do London's regenerated spaces meet the needs of London’s businesses and population? If these questions excite and intrigue you then this Masters-level course will be an excellent fit for you.

6 reasons to study here

  1. Located in the heart of central London:
    We use our distinctive location to investigate the societal challenges and processes facing global and globalizing cities in the 21st century.

  2. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners:
    Taught by staff with track records in research and relevant publications. Guest and visiting lecturers from professional practice supplement teaching throughout the course.

  3. Site visits and live projects:
    One day and half-day site visits to exciting live projects - the practical focus is complemented by theoretical understanding.

  4. Residential field study visit:
    Opportunity to participate in residential field study trips and site visits in Europe – at no additional charge to you.

  5. Set the direction:
    Elective modules provide flexibility to explore issues relating to either planning, housing or tourism within an urban context of a globalizing city.

  6. Global perspective:
    Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with an inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.

This Masters covers

Rather than seek to divide countries and their cities into categories such as developed and developing, we will deploy the concepts of the Global North and Global South, global and globalizing cities. We then seek to explore themes such as urbanization and climate change and the sustainability agenda and explore their impacts from different perspectives.

There is a sharpened focus worldwide on the importance of cities globally not just in political and economic terms but also regarding cultural and quality of life factors. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-Habitat) World Cities Report 2016 is just one of the latest examples of a multi-lateral agency stressing the global importance of cities and the opportunities and challenges they engender.

It's clear that the growing complexity of cities requires multi-disciplinary experts, city planners, managers, politicians and local activists who can grasp that complexity and work to fulfill the potential of cities while mitigating some of the more harmful impacts.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


  • Cities in the Global South
  • Global governance and regeneration
  • Smart cities in a global context
  • Global planning challenges
  • Planning in London
  • Dissertation

Plus one module from:

  • Sustainable places (including one week residential Euro study visit)
  • City marketing (with field study visit)
  • Comparative housing (with field study visit)


It's clear that the growing complexity of cities requires multi-disciplinary experts, city planners, managers, politicians and local activists who can grasp that complexity and work to fulfill the potential of cities while mitigating some of the more harmful impacts.

We expect graduates to find career opportunities in city management, town center management, infrastructure provision and management, urban strategic planning, smart city initiatives and urban policy.

In addition global cities themselves, (especially London) as identified in the Knight Frank (2016) Global Cities Report will see their populations continue to increase creating even more demands for professionals who can work to secure coordination in the provision of housing, transport, and services. They will require talented and well-educated graduates across the sector mentioned above and in the emerging sector of smart cities.

Each module statement specifies clearly the key employability aspects associated with the module. Here we demonstrate how employability relates to specific sectors and career opportunities.

The Urban, Environment, and Leisure Division has a nearly 50-year tradition of providing our graduates with a range of career opportunities in a variety of sectors such as central government, local government, the private sector, the voluntary sector, the self-employed sector and the university/research sector.

We expect a proportion of our MA LGC graduates will go on to Ph.D. level study and they will be well equipped to do so. In addition, our graduates do from time to time find employment with professional bodies and quangos.

Cities worldwide face a number of challenges and offer a variety of opportunities and their complexity and pace of change require knowledgeable and confident professionals who can tackle the many issues facing cities around the world.

Personal and professional growth

You'll have plentiful opportunities to develop outside of the classroom too. Including opportunities to: become a course rep or university ambassador; join professional bodies (such as, the RTPI and Tourism Society); attend career fairs; attend public lectures at in relevant university departments across London; set up and run an LSBU Global Cities society; attend UELS guest speaker programmes and research seminars; join and be active participants in voluntary and amenity groups relevant to aspects of geography e.g. BIDS, London Wildlife Trust, Homeless Charities etc.

Personal Developing Plan

PDP is a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal education and career development.

The main aims of PDP are, therefore, to help you to:

  • Become more an effective, independent and confident self-directed learner
  • Understand how you are learning and relate their learning to a wider context
  • Improve your general skills for study and career management
  • Articulate your personal, education and career development goals
  • Evaluate your progress towards the achievement of your goals
  • Develop a positive attitude to learning throughout life.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

You'll be taught by experienced academics with wide-ranging research interests, including:

  • Regeneration and restructuring of post-industrial Cities and economies
  • Comparative urban regeneration
  • The creation of urban public space
  • City marketing
  • Planning cultures and practices in post-socialist countries
  • Social, economic and territorial cohesion in Europe
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Development along the Thames corridor
  • Mobilising design
  • Sustainability of the Utility Furniture Movement
  • Sustainability education for Housing managers.

Most recently, Dr. Michael Leary-Owhin was interviewed as an expert in urban spaces by Global News in response to the London attacks. You can watch and read the news story here.


The range of coursework assignments used to assess knowledge and understanding are diverse including essays, reports, oral presentations, poster presentations, group work exercises, debates, data analysis (statistical, graphics and textual), laboratory work, field reports, GIS and mapping, research proposals and an applied project work.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course(s) applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

  • At least a UK 2:2 undergraduate degree or overseas equivalent, although priority will be given to applicants with an upper-class second or first. All disciplines are acceptable in line with the LSBU objectives of widening participation.
  • International students additionally require an English Language qualification, with an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,500 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £7500; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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