Applications for entry in September 2017 are now closed. If you have any questions about the programme, please email the Executive Programme Administrator, Laurence Horstman, at

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For more information about the programme and the application process, please download our brochure.

If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact Laurence Horstman, Programme Administrator, Executive MSC in Cities at


Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7955 7326
Address: LSE Cities London School of Economics Tower 2, 8th Floor Clement’s Inn London WC2A 2AE United Kingdom


The full cost of the 2017/18 programme is £31,140, 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. Limited scholarship opportunities will be available through the programme.

Applicants that are not able to cover the tuition fees can apply for support from our scholarship scheme, irrespective of their professional background, nationality or country of residence.

Session 1: 11-15 September 2017
Session 2: 11-15 December 2017
Session 3: 12-16 February 2018
Session 4: 9-13 April 2018
Session 5: 4-8 June 2018


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


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 Executive Programme Administrator, Laurence Horstman at

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 please consult the LSE graduate admissions webpage for full details.

What does my employer need to do?

Your employer will need to agree to support your enrolment on the programme and allow the necessary provisions 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 take an active role in the participant’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.


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.


Applications are now open for entry to the programme in September 2017. The programme considers applications on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline for application, although once capacity is reached the programme will close to new applicants. As a result, we encourage suitable participants to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Fees & Registration

The course fees (2017 entry) are £31,140 for UK and overseas participants.

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 has negotiated corporate rates with accommodation near the School that participants can take advantage of, and rooms may be available in some LSE Residencies.
There is an application fee (currently £65) and a pre-registration fee of £1,500, payable once you have received your offer. The pre-registration fee will be deducted from your overall tuition fee, but is non-refundable in the event you do not enrol on the programme. There are several payment options available to pay your fees once you are a registered participant. Please contact the LSE Fees Office with any questions.


All participants are eligible to apply for support from our scholarship scheme. However, participants are not eligible for other LSE scholarships (including the LSE Graduate Support Scheme) so those investigating financing options may wish to consider the following:

  • Employer sponsorship
  • External funding opportunities
  • Bank loans
  • Postgraduate loans

The LSE has a dedicated Financial Support Office, and we encourage you to check their website.

Employer sponsorship

We provide customised professional development related to each participant’s current employment role, and the programme can therefore be hugely beneficial to your company or organisation.
We encourage you to gain the support of 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.

External funding opportunities

Funding opportunities are available to participants from across the world who plan to study on a postgraduate programme in the UK. 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 web pages provide details of external funding opportunities for participants from the UK/European Union, and world wide.

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 participants of your nationality.

Bank loans and government loans

UK residents

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCLDs) are available to participants 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 participants, banks in your home country are also likely to offer 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.

Supporting Documents

Please consult the Supporting Documents webpage for a guide to the paperwork you will need to complete as part of your application. In summary, this is the following:

• Two references: one academic and one professional reference, OR two professional references if you graduated before January 2012.
• Personal statement: include your professional interests 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 cohort.
• CV or resume

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