Taught course

Cities and Global Development

University of Sheffield · Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute

The largest and fastest-growing cities in the world are in low and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This new course explores the urban development and planning challenges faced by governments and people in these regions and provides you with the analytical and practical tools to address them.

The MA uses cutting-edge theories in both urban and development studies to engage with changes in the global south, including: the globalisation of production and consumption, rapid urbanisation, environmental change, and the spread
of new forms of governance.

Optional modules include a team-based student consultancy project for an external client in the field of international urban development. There’s also a field class in the global south.

The course is suitable for recent graduates and those with professional experience.

It’s excellent preparation for careers (or further research) in international development, urban governance, planning and environmental policy focused on the global south.

Autumn semester

Core modules:

  • Theorising the City in the Global South
  • Urban Development in the Global South
  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Methods

Spring semester

Core modules

  • Urban Design in the Global South
  • International Field Class

Examples of optional modules

  • International Urban Development Consultancy Project
  • Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
  • Managing Cities: The Seoul Case Study
  • Public Participation
  • Governance and Participation in the Global South

Course duration

1 year full-time

Field trip costs for the MA Cities and Global Development course are not included in the course fees and usually amount to £700-800 for flights, a week's accommodation, airport transfers and insurance. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses/architecture/cities-global-development-ma

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6900