Entry requirements

Upper second class honours (2.1) degree or equivalent in any discipline or equivalent professional qualification, plus, typically, a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in an urban related public/private/third sector, or another sector.

Months of entry


Course content

About the Executive programme

The Executive MSc in Cities is designed for public, private and third sector leaders who want to deliver large-scale change in cities. Based at LSE Cities, a leading international centre that has informed global urban practice for the last 16 years, we deploy the Centre’s global network of city leaders and the School’s leading urban specialty faculty to put the latest ground-breaking research into business and public action.

The executive programme provides specially-designed interdisciplinary courses focused on applied research and methods, and a modular teaching programme, designed to meet the needs of leading professionals from international, national and metropolitan organisations as well as companies and corporations involved in shaping the urban world.

It delivers an integrated set of executive-level courses that work across complex and connected issues helping you to analyse urban projects and policies from rigorous economic, social and environmental perspectives. You will have the opportunity to interact with highly experienced practitioners from city governments and planning and transport departments, as well as experts from research centres and institutions, development and design professions, urban consultancies and infrastructure providers from the UK and abroad.

School of Public Policy

The LSE School of Public Policy was founded in August 2018 with Professor Andrés Velasco appointed as its inaugural Dean. Despite being a relatively new School, we trace our particular origins back to 2003, when LSE founded a stand-alone two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) with just 18 students, thought to be the first of its kind in UK. Our education focuses on rigorous and empirical skills and tools that underpin evidence-based policymaking. We combine this with an application of these skills to real-world problems and contexts. We are inclusive and supportive of our diverse student community, open to all enquiring minds.

Information for international students

LSE is an international community, with over 140 nationalities represented amongst its student body. We celebrate this diversity through everything we do.

If you are applying to LSE from outside of the UK then take a look at our Information for International students.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme. Visit the website for more information about the fees.


Tuition fee support is available via the LSE Cities Scholarships. Further information is available on the Executive MSc in Cities Scholarships page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Executive MSc
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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