MSc Global Urban Development and Planning / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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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.
- This course has normally included fieldwork opportunities in the UK and abroad, exploring real-life issues on one-day trips, site visits, and overseas residential visits. Past locations include Manchester, London, Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Jinja (Uganda) and Istanbul.
- Have the flexibility to mix discipline units or specialise, and choose from a range of optional course units. Where specialising in planning-focused modules, gain RTPI-accreditation for your specialist study.
- 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
This course has normally included a field trip. Past locations include Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Uganda and Istanbul.
Part-time students complete the course over 24 months.
There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer.
Timetabling information is usually available from late August.
You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) recognises the value of fieldwork. However, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority. The School will assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any significant changes to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.
The ability of fieldwork and travel to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork and travel might be necessary, will remain subject to factors such as the:
- rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
- outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
- educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
- availability of appropriate insurance cover;
- availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.
All fieldwork and travel will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.
In some circumstances, it may become necessary to make changes to fieldwork or programme related travel. The University will notify you of those changes at the earliest opportunity. If any fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.
Please note that Countries may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The School cannot guarantee that where visas are required for fieldwork, they will be granted but we will take steps so that if a visa is refused, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.
Coursework and assessment
You will need to pass a total of eight course units totalling 120 credits, and undertake a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, providing a further 60 credits.
You must also complete four core compulsory course units 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)
|Critical Issues in Urban Inequality
|Urban Development Planning in Cities of the South: an international perspective
|Best practice case studies in urban development planning in cities in the South
|Poverty and Development
|The Politics and Governance of Development
|Political Analysis of Development Policy
|Climate, Environment and Development
|Displaying 10 of 25 course units
|Display all course units
You can develop your practical skills in our project studio, model-making workshop, and computer suites with specialist design and spatial analysis software.
For more information, see Facilities
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.
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