EXECUTIVE MSC IN CITIES

 

ABOUT

A FLEXIBLE, TAILOR-MADE PROGRAMME FOR URBAN PROFESSIONALS IN THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND THIRD SECTORS WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THE WAY THEIR ORGANISATIONS UNDERSTAND AND DELIVER CHANGE IN CITIES

LSE CITIES’ UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OFFERS AN ENLIGHTENING AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO THE MOST CHALLENGING ISSUES OF BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES TODAY

— Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director UN-HABITAT —

A UNIQUE APPROACH

RESEARCH DRIVEN

Exposure to state-of-the-art data and analysis by LSE Cities, one of the world’s leading urban research centres

LEADERSHIP FOCUSED

Coaching and leadership development with people who have studied and delivered lasting urban change

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Advanced critical thinking and best practice from cities, networks and people coming together in one of the world’s most dynamic cities

INNOVATIVE LEARNING

Learning experiences that put participants in real decision-making situations that are relevant to professional practice

THE PROGRAMME IN NUMBERS

18
MONTHS OF PART-TIME TEACHING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP SOCIAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITIES

5
WEEKS OF INTENSE TEACHING SESSIONS IN LONDON SPREAD OVER 12 MONTHS WITH DIRECT CONTACT WITH LSE FACULTY AND GLOBAL FELLOWS
6
MONTHS OF PERSONALISED CONSULTING WITH AN ORGANISATION OF YOUR CHOICE WITH REMOTE AND REGULAR CONTACT WITH LSE FACULTY

 

GLOBAL FACULTY

THE PROGRAMME IS LED BY PROFESSOR RICKY BURDETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PHILIPP RODE, PROFESSOR TONY TRAVERS & DR SAVVAS VERDIS BRINGING A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF URBAN GOVERNANCE, DESIGN, TRANSPORT, FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL CITIES WITH INPUT FROM LSE FACULTY AND A NETWORK OF VISITING GLOBAL FELLOWS

RICKY BURDETT

DIRECTOR, LSE CITIES

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RICKY BURDETT

GREG CLARK

GLOBAL ADVISOR

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GREG CLARK

ISABEL DEDRING

DEPUTY MAYOR FOR TRANSPORT

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ISABEL DEDRING

TESSA JOWELL

MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

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TESSA JOWELL

 

HENK OVINK

SPECIAL ENVOY FOR INTERNATIONAL WATER AFFAIRS, NETHERLANDS

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HENK OVINK

SUE PARNELL

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

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SUE PARNELL

ENRIQUE PENALOSA

MAYOR OF BOGOTA

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ENRIQUE PENALOSA

PHILIPP RODE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LSE CITIES

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PHILIPP RODE

SASKIA SASSEN

PROFESSOR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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SASKIA SASSEN

DAVID SATTERTHWAITE

SENIOR FELLOW, IIED

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DAVID SATTERTHWAITE

NICHOLAS STERN

MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS

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NICHOLAS STERN

FRAN TONKISS

PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, LSE

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FRAN TONKISS

TONY TRAVERS

DIRECTOR, LSE LONDON

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TONY TRAVERS

SAVVAS VERDIS

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE MSC IN CITIES

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SAVVAS VERDIS

IREENA VITTAL

STRATEGIC CONSULTANT

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IREENA VITTAL

MARK WATTS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, C40

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MARK WATTS

BENEFITS TO YOU

INTENSIVE

Over 150 hours of face-to-face contact time that can be integrated with challenging professional schedules

INFORMED

In a concentrated period of time you will find out the state-of-the-art of new ways of understanding and managing change in cities

PRACTICAL

An adaptable programme that allows you to understand and deliver the complexities of urban change in your own city and organisation

NETWORKED

You will become part of a group of global city decision-makers and thinkers, through LSE Cities Executive Fellows Network, the Visiting Global Fellows and core LSE staff

PROGRAMME JOURNEY

A unique programme taking you through all stages of the policy and project lifecycle with the leadership skills to help you strategise, engage and deliver.

SESSION 1: THE CHALLENGE

12-16 September 2016

Thematic focus

What are the world’s major urban challenges? Meet the decision makers who are leading through change and analyse your organisation’s position

Leadership focus

Develop your personal development plan and identify the key challenges your organisation is facing.

SESSION 2: ANALYSIS

12–16 December 2016

Thematic focus

The analytic frameworks to help you understand the latest economic, environmental and social trends in cities, including key performance indicators and understanding multicriteria assessments.

Leadership focus

Communication skills and the process of influencing. Through workshops and peer to peer learning sets you will understand your process of influencing, personal impact and personal power.

SESSION 3: STRATEGY

13–17 February 2017

Thematic focus

Strategic visions, forecasting and innovation. How are cities positioning themselves for more sustainable futures? How to translate broader conceptual ideas to specific urban contexts?

Leadership focus

Developing strategic thinking and designing structured strategic plans. Using action learning sets, participants will apply the learning from workshops to their actual personal circumstances.

SESSION 4: DELIVERY

3-7 April 2017

Thematic focus

Delivery vehicles, governance structures and financing mechanisms for environmental, social and economic programmes and projects.

Leadership focus

Tied to the thematic focus on delivery, we will look at how best you can lead and manage through change. Understand emotional responces and the seven steps to change.

SESSION 5: TASKFORCE

5-9 June 2017

External consultancy

Participants will be embedded consultants in one of two city-focused institutions. One organisation will be seeking your taskforce’s advise on a metropolitan level infrastructure project. The second on a local master plan for a development area.

CONSULTANCY

SIX MONTHS

Internal consultancy

Having consulted for an external organisation in Session 5, you will conduct an internal strategic management project within your own organisation or an organisation.

COURSES

CORE COURSES

Governing Cities in an Urban Age

Led by: Ricky Burdett & Tony Travers

This introductory course, delivered in Session 1 provides an intensive exploration of the global urbanisation and the state of cities. The course introduces different stages of urban development in cities and regions across the world. It provides participants with an understanding of the key challenges facing both mature and rapidly developing metropolitan areas.

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Cities and Society: Design and Social Cohesion

Led by: Ricky Burdett

This course delivered across sessions 2, 3 & 4 looks at some of the major drivers of urban inequality and poverty and the key actions that cities are taking to reduce urban inequalities through urban design, infrastructure and policy. This is a heavily applied course providing students with tools to analyse the socio-demographic profile of households and neighbourhoods and their relation to spatial distribution and clustering in cities of the developing and developed world.

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Cities and the Economy: Urban economic development and finance

Led by: Savvas Verdis

This is an applied course looking at how cities position themselves in a competitive global economy and on the role of city government and firms in driving local economic development. The course, delivered in sessions 2,3 and 4, introduces key methodologies to measure and analyse the city economy as well as policies and tools available to attract investment and finance as well as improve growth and competitiveness. The course uses case-based challenges, futures and foresight techniques to put economic strategies to the test. See the latest Case on London’s Royal Docks

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Cities and the Environment: urban environmental transitions

Led by: Philipp Rode

This course explores critical aspects of environmental sustainability in relation to both urbanisation globally and urban change in individual cities. The applied components of the course give students the relevant tools to measure, analyse and assess environmental impact and develop environmental strategies. It introduces debates on different green city paradigms and focuses specifically on approaches to urban climate change mitigation and adaptation. The course further examines implications for urban planning, governance and management.

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Urban Consultancy Project

Led by: Ricky Burdett, Philipp Rode,Tony Travers & Savvas Verdis

This is a six-month individual consultation undertaken by a student in their own organisation. Through the consultancy project, participants will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first six courses of the programme to craft policy or programme improvements for public or private agencies and non-profit organisations. Through in-depth interviews with the organisation’s leaders as well as the relevant stakeholders, students will focus on a specific project and offer advice on one or more of its design and implementation phases

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ELECTIVE COURSES

Urban Infrastructure and strategic planning

Led by: Philipp Rode & Tony Travers

This is a workshop based course hosted by a London based organisation providing practical insights on infrastructure development and strategic planning for cities. The course combines a series of lectures with studio-based group work on a case study project set by the host organisation. Participants are introduced to all key components of urban infrastructure, cutting across transport, energy, water, waste and digital network systems.

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Urban development and Masterplanning

Led by: Ricky Burdett & Savvas Verdis

This is an applied group project based on a major London regeneration site. Groups of no more than six students will be introduced to one of the regeneration sites project teams which will include: local planning officers, developers, planners, designers and financing teams. The groups will first immerse themselves in the offices of the host organisation as well as the site and understand some of the project challenges. The groups will then work in a collaborative environment in order to develop solutions to the challenges set by the project teams.

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Open Sessions

Join our directors in cities around the world to discover more about the programme

June 1

Chicago USA
    • Ricky Burdett

June 6

London UK
    • Savvas Verdis

July 5

London UK
    • Savvas Verdis

APPLY

THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN

Download our Brochure

Our 2016 brochure contains more information on the application process

To join the programme, please contact Laurence Horstman, Programme Administrator, Executive MSC in Cities, LSE Cities

 

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7326
Email: exec.lsecities@lse.ac.uk
Adress: LSE Cities London School of Economics Tower 2, 8th Floor Clement’s Inn London WC2A 2AE United Kingdom

DATES & FEES

The full cost of the 2016/18 programme is £30,000, which can be paid in a number of flexible ways. Typically participants spread the cost over four instalments in separate financial years. Participants can be fully sponsored by their organisation or opt to share the cost with their employer.

Applicants that are not able to cover the tuition fees can apply for an Urban Age Scholarship, irrespective of their professional background, nationality or country of residence. Preference will be given to students who can clearly demonstrate that they have no other means of covering the tuition fees

Session 1: 12-16 September 2016
Session 2: 12-16 December 2016
Session 3: 13-17 February 2017
Session 4: 3-7 April 2017
Session 5: 5-9 June 2017

Consultancy project submission: February 2018

WHAT WE OFFER

150 hours of face to face training
Online support when you are away
15 hours of face to face and group coaching
Access the LSE Cities Global Fellows network

YOU & YOUR EMPLOYER

Who should apply?

The Executive MSc in Cities is designed for public, private and third sector leaders who want to deliver large scale change in cities. We welcome applications from working professionals based in any location around the world, who meet the entry requirements for the programme. If you are unsure whether or not you should apply, please feel free to get in touch and send your CV or resume to our Programme Manager, Stephanie Parr.

Entry Requirements

• Typically, a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in an urban related public/private/third sector, or professionals with a similar level of experience who wish to move into the urban sector.
• A good first degree: UK 2:1 or higher or equivalent professional qualification. Please refer to the Country Specific Requirements to find out if your degree meets our requirements.
‘Standard’ level English Language – IELTS or TOEFL: if your native language is not English or if the language of instruction of your previous degree is not English.

What does my employer need to do?

Your employer will need to agree to support your enrolment on the programme and allow the necessary time out of the office to attend the five classroom modules over the first twelve months.
The consultancy project running in the final months of the programme offers employers the opportunity to participate in the student’s learning experience on the programme.
We also encourage you to discuss financial sponsorship with your employer, as an investment in this programme will provide a valuable return for you and your organisation.

FEES & DEADLINES

How to apply

All applications are made through the LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. Full details of how to apply are available on the LSE Graduate Admissions homepage.

Deadline

Applications open in October each year, for entry to the programme the following September. There is no deadline for applications as we operate admissions on a rolling basis, so you may submit an application at any time – however we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Fees & Registration

The course fees are £30,000 for UK and overseas students.
The fees cover:
• Tuition
• Course materials
• Some meals and events in London

Please note that travel to all modules, and accommodation in London, is not included in the fees. However, LSE does negotiate corporate rates with hotels near the School that students can benefit from and during some modules rooms may be available in some LSE Residencies.
There will also be an application fee (currently £50 for online applications and £75 for postal applications, subject to change) and a pre-registration fee of £1,500. The pre-registration fee will be deducted from your overall tuition fee.
There are several payment options available to pay your fees once you are a registered student. Please contact the LSE Fees Office (financedivision.execfees@lse.ac.uk) with any questions.

Funding

Students that can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply for the Urban Age Scholarship.

Students are not eligible for other LSE scholarships (including the LSE Graduate Support Scheme), as the programme is designed for students to continue working and earning a salary while they study. However there are a range of other financing options available for the programme, outlined below:

  • Employer sponsorship
    • External funding opportunities
    • Bank loans and government loans

The LSE has a dedicated Financial Support Office, and we encourage you to check their website where you can find full details about the range of funding opportunities available to LSE Master’s students.
Employer sponsorship

We provide customised professional development related to each student’s current employment role, and the programme can therefore be hugely beneficial to your company or organisation.
We encourage you discuss this directly with your employer and make a case for their financial sponsorship if this is appropriate, as they will gain valuable return on their investment in sponsoring you.
Please
note you should ensure you have the support of your current employer to attend all of the classroom teaching modules during the programme.

External funding opportunities
A wide range of funding opportunities are available to students from across the world who plan to study on a postgraduate programme in the UK, provided by a number of organisations and charities. We recommend that you search and apply for any appropriate funding available to you, including scholarships, grant schemes, and fellowships.

The LSE Financial Support Office ‘Awards’ web pages provide details of external funding opportunities for students from the UK/European Union, and the rest of the world, listed A-Z by country.
The following websites also provide excellent resources to search for funding:

• British Council
• Prospects
• Postgraduate Studentships

You can also contact the Education Ministry in your home country, or your national Embassy in London, to find out more about funding opportunities for students of your nationality.

Bank loans and government loans

UK residents
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCLDs) are available to students who have lived in the UK for three years prior to taking out the loan (regardless of whether they are employed or not). Visit the Prospects website to find out more about funding prospects.

Non-UK residents
For non-UK students, banks in your home country are also likely to offer student loans. Contact large banks based in your local region to find out about your options.
Your government may also have a student loan scheme, for example the Federal Direct Loan Program in the United States. Contact the Education Ministry in your home country, or your national Embassy in London, to find out more about any government loan schemes available to you.

If you’re considering taking out a loan to fund your studies, make sure you think about this decision carefully and choose an option with repayment terms which will be affordable and reasonable for you after you graduate.

Submission Documents

• Two references: one academic and one professional reference, OR two professional references if you have been out of university education for more than ten years. See guidance on submitting references for more information.
• Personal statement: include your interest and suitability for the programme, career achievements and ambitions, what you hope to get out of the programme and what you think you can bring to the class.
• CV or resume

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