Research course

Regional and Urban Planning Studies

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Regional and Urban Planning Studies

Entry requirements

Masters level qualification in relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The study of regional and urban planning has a long tradition at LSE. We have a cross-disciplinary teaching team with a wide range of research expertise. LSE's programme is unique among graduate planning schools in being based upon the disciplines of social science, particularly economics, geography, politics and social policy.

Our emphasis is on 'understanding the causes of things', to quote the School's motto, rather than on a narrow professional practice of town planning.

The programme includes research training. This involves seminars, discussions on current planning issues, and a range of methodological courses. You will also take relevant courses from the MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies if appropriate.

You will normally be registered initially for the MPhil. A progress review to consider transfer to PhD registration usually takes place after the first year.

Department specialisms

The interface between planning and social sciences, including: regional policy; environmental issues; urban regeneration; globalisation and world cities; politics and planning; economic aspects of housing; urban change

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