Entry requirements

Merit in a taught master’s degree in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Housed within the Department of Sociology, this programme offers the chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication and which makes an original contribution to urban studies. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MPhil/PhD Cities Programme offers an excellent environment for interdisciplinary graduate research on cities, space and urbanism. Students come to the programme from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, sharing an interest in linking the social and physical study of urban issues. The doctoral programme includes training in research design, practice and presentation in the first year, access to relevant graduate taught courses to enhance general and project-specific skills, a range of student-led and international collaborations and initiatives, and opportunities for exchange and networking through other international partnerships. Research focuses on the academic expertise of staff within the Cities Programme, the Department of Sociology, and LSE in general, addressing the spatial, social, economic and environmental aspects of cities and urban life.

Information for international students

Please see the Research section of the English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,299 p/a
International students
EU £4,299 p/a Non EU £17,904 p/a

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
(0044) 20 7955 6613