MSc Global Urban Development and Planning / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
MSc Global Urban Development and Planning will improve your understanding of global urban development issues, particularly relating to cities of the global South.
Cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America struggle with growth, and urban communities in the developing world are increasingly faced with problems relating to poverty, informality and inequality, climate change, insecurity and lack of social cohesion.
The course will also suit development professionals seeking to acquire new expertise in dealing with urban issues, and social development specialists working in the voluntary, private or public sector.
- focus on sustainable and equitable urban development planning in the global South;
- participate in cutting-edge conceptual debates in global urban development theory and practice;
- gain the skills to gather, organise and employ evidence and information from a wide variety of sources.
- Benefit from small-group teaching, close staff-student relationships, and guided one-to-one supervision.
- Develop practical skills in project studios with drawing facilities, model-making workshops, and specialist design and spatial analysis software.
- Enjoy fieldwork opportunities in the UK and abroad, exploring real-life issues on one-day trips, site visits, and overseas residential visits to locations including Manchester, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Toronto, Amsterdam, Belfast and Dublin.
- Have the flexibility to mix discipline units or specialise, and choose from a wide range of optional course units.
- Study in Manchester, a city where planning has been taught for more than 50 years, and urban development and environmental impacts are on your doorstep.
Teaching and learning
Coursework and assessment
You will be required to pass a total of eight course units totalling 120 credits of postgraduate study, and undertake a dissertation of 12,000 -15,000 words which provides a further 60 credits.
You must also complete four core course units compulsory for all students, and four optional course units.
Most courses are assessed by essays, class presentations and examinations or a combination of these (depending on the course units selected).
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Dissertation (MSc GUDP)||EVDV60890||60||Mandatory|
|Critical Issues in Urban Inequality||MGDI60531||15||Mandatory|
|Urban Development Planning in Cities of the South: an international perspective||PLAN72061||15||Mandatory|
|Best practice case studies in urban development planning in cities in the South||PLAN72072||15||Mandatory|
|Poverty and Development||MGDI60141||15||Optional|
|The Politics and Governance of Development||MGDI60391||15||Optional|
|Reconstruction and Development||MGDI60402||15||Optional|
|Civil Society & Public Action||MGDI60521||15||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.
In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.
For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .
You can develop your practical skills in our project studio, model-making workshop, and computer suites with specialist design and spatial analysis software.
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