Research course

Human Geography and Urban Studies

Institution
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Geography and Environment
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A Taught master’s degree, with a minimum of 65 per cent average and at least 70 in dissertation, in a related discipline.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to the field of Human Geography and Urban Studies. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

This PhD offers training both in human geographic research and in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding/ responding to the challenges of an era of rapid urbanisation and urban redevelopment around the world. Urbanisation and development are the main focus of work by both staff and students associated with this programme. But it also provides opportunities for research on topics and issues within human geography which are not specifically “urban” but which relate to other areas of expertise and interest of academic staff within the Urbanisation, Planning and Development cluster.

The MPhil/PhD Human Geography and Urban Studies aims to:

  • Provide advanced knowledge of the principles and conceptual foundations of human geographic and urban social science research, together with the research skills and methodological understanding needed to develop original research in the field;
  • Expose you to the most recent developments and debates in human geography and urban studies;
  • Prepare you for careers in research, academia, international organisations, urban planning and governance, the consultancy sector and NGOs.

The Urbanisation, Planning and Development cluster of the Department of Geography and Environment involves a concentration of researchers with particular interests in how social, economic and political processes interact across a range of urban contexts in all continents, and in different conditions of development. Issues related to the urban economy are also strongly represented within the Department's Economic Geography cluster. Research students on this programme are strongly encouraged to engage with the full range of urban research, teaching and scholarship within LSE's wider urban research community.

Information for international students

Please see the Research section of the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 p/a
International students
EU £4,195 p/a Non EU £17,208 p/a

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

part time
72 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7955 6613