Research course

Regional and Urban Planning Studies

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

Entry requirements

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

English research level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About this MPhil/PhD programme

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 social scientific study of urban planning. You will begin on the MPhil, and will need to meet certain requirements to be upgraded to PhD status.

The MPhil/ PhD in Regional and Urban Planning Studies is part of a vibrant, innovative and interdisciplinary graduate training programme that addresses the opportunities, problems, politics and economics of urban and regional planning in cities around the world. Our emphasis is on “understanding the causes of things”, to quote the School’s motto. We do this by employing analytical skills and theoretical insights gained from the social sciences and the fields of planning, architecture, economics and the environment.

Our programme aims to produce top-quality social scientists who are able to engage with the conceptual foundations of urban planning and employ robust and appropriate methods in their research.

Department of Geography and Environment

The Department of Geography and Environment is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. In 2018, the QS World University rankings rated the Department 2nd globally for Geography. The Department have had 3 holders of the highly competitive Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowships for researchers under 36. It also enjoys close links with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for each year of their programme.

This programme is eligible for LSE PhD Studentships, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months

MPhil

full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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