Entry requirements

You should usually have a master's degree or a first or high upper second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent in another country, in a relevant discipline within the social sciences, architecture and urban design, or related fields in the humanities.

Months of entry


Course content

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, together with a dedicated research seminars for students at all year levels, a range of student-led and international collaborations and initiatives, and opportunities for exchange through Erasmus and other international partnerships. Research focuses on the academic expertise of staff within the Cities Programme, Department of Sociology, and LSE in general, addressing the spatial, social, economic, visual and environmental aspects of cities and urban life.

In the first year, you will be expected to take a range of methodology and specialist courses. These are selected in discussion with your supervisor, dependent on your research needs and interests, and may include courses from other institutes or departments at LSE. You must attend the first year research classes for MPhil students taught within the Sociology Department and, unless you have already successfully studied research methods at master's level, you will normally be expected to complete graduate course units in methodology, on the advice of your supervisor.

At the end of your first year, you will produce for assessment a 5,000 word research proposal, outlining the aims and methods of your thesis. Successful completion of this assessment is the condition for progress to the second year.

After the first year you will spend more time on independent study under the guidance of your personal supervisor/s. This will involve the collection, organisation, analysis and writing up of data and ideas. You will also attend regular dedicated Cities Research Seminars, and specialist workshops and seminars related to your interests. You will be expected to make an active contribution to these by presenting papers and/or taking part in general discussions.

Department specialisms

Sustainable Urban Communities; Social Cohesion and Exclusion; Urban Design, Infrastructure and Policy; Regenerative Potential of Brownfield Sites.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613
+44 (0)20 7955 6001