This programme responds to the growing demands made on the humanitarian and development sectors by intensive urbanization. This course has been established by the research and consultancy group on International Development, Emergencies, and Refugees (IDEARS). If you wish to pursue a career with the government, non-governmental organizations, international agencies, public and private organizations and enterprises, this course is for you.
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- Research input:
you'll engage with recent research linked to development and urbanization.
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We have a vast array of resources available to aid your learning from our library to online services.
- Research active academics:
You’ll be taught by enthusiastic but also research active staff, which means you’ll receive relevant and best practice teaching.
Rapidly urbanizing world
Ours is a rapidly urbanizing world: by 2010 over half the world's population lived in cities. Urbanization is fastest in the developing world, where both primary and secondary cities are rapidly expanding. It is predicted that by 2020 more Africans will live in urban than in rural areas, and in China, by 2023. Except in countries emerging from war, urbanization is closely linked to economic growth, although urban poverty levels continue to rise.
This rapid growth, particularly in the light of its links to the flight from rural poverty and the development of a massive informal sector, has posed immense challenges to all urban systems. In many Asian, Latin American and African cities 30-70% of the population lives in slums and more than 90% of new jobs are in the informal sector. In transition countries, already highly urbanized, the changing political and economic framework has led to widespread poverty. Everywhere, urban roads, utilities, education and health services, and governance processes are heavily strained. While cities experience high levels of investment, it is often uneven.
This context is now widely recognized among all major actors, with policy and programmes targeting the urban sector now a growth area. The challenge for development professionals, whether working in donor agencies, NGOs, governments or private practice, is to understand the broad economic and political context of urbanization, develop analyses of complex urban trends, opportunities, and problems, and be able to draw on a range of appropriate interventions. People seeking work or progression in development practice will be moving into a growth area if they can demonstrate familiarity with urban issues and policies in developing countries.
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You'll explore urban issues, strongly linked to analyses of broader development issues, which will prepare them for roles in development agencies, NGOs, urban management or community work. It provides a thorough grounding in the broad agendas of poverty reduction and its global context. At the same time, it provides a thorough understanding of rapidly changing urban settings and enables students to acquire practical development planning skills for an urban setting. An emphasis on research as well as practical skills allows students to specialize in their particular areas of interest.
- Economies in transition
- Human development in a globalized world
- Urban challenges
- Urban project
- Research methods
Students on our MSc Development and Urbanisation course will benefit from the renewed international interest in the urban sphere. Previous graduates have entered careers with a wide range of employers, working for international organizations, such as the United Nations and its constituent organizations, the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation.
Many take up important posts in their home countries within government, non-government and civil society organizations or non-governmental development organizations in the UK, such as Christian Aid and Oxfam, in addition to teaching posts in universities and colleges specializing in Development research and practice.
For students interested in further academic development or mid-career progression, successful completion of the MSc provides eligibility for our large and lively MPhil/ Ph.D. programme.
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
Teaching and learning
Dissertation and voluntary work placement
Part of the dissertation may be replaced with a voluntary work placement in one of our partner organizations. Through the use of case studies you will analyse a comprehensive range of development issues, such as: markets, trade and the global economy; the role of international institutions and agencies; human development; poverty and poverty reduction; social provision in developing countries; rural development and urbanisation; environmental policies and sustainable development; empowerment and participation; migration.
Through a specialist theoretical module, you'll also acquire a thorough grounding in urban development issues and their links to a broad development agenda; and this will be followed by a project module which will enable you to apply the theory and understand the necessary skills to plan, execute and monitor an urban development project. The course also develops the skills required to undertake development research, focusing on appropriate methodologies, data collection, policy design and implementation.
- A minimum of a 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject area.
- Relevant professional experience will be considered, you'll be assessed on your professional statement in addition to other entry requirements.
- We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Typical background of applicants
Some students have worked in the Development field, with governments, NGO, civil society organizations, and agencies. Others wish to move into a new career. Students have received scholarships from the European Union, the Africa Educational Trust, and British Council Chevening Scholarships.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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Last updated September 8, 2018