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MSc Urban Policy & Analysis

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Urban Studies Policy / Strategic Planning

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Urban Policy and Analysis equips students with a systematic grounding in the analysis of urban policy. The programme explores the role and impact of major policy actors within urban policy. You'll receive practical training in a number of frameworks, both analytical and methodological, and evaluate their usefulness in explaining urban policy processes and institutional structures related to environment and infrastructure. This course delves deep into the analysis of urban policy.

During the programme, you'll explore relevant intellectual and empirical tools for understanding urban policy and develop a practical knowledge of urban policy, including economic, infrastructure and environmental threats and benefits. The MSc in Urban Policy and Analysis also provides key employability skills in analytical and critical thinking, research management, data analysis, report writing and presentation. There are two specialisations available for degree participants.


Methods of assessments and learning and teaching approaches vary by class and instructor. Indicative assessments include:

  • research papers
  • policy reports
  • group papers
  • group presentations
  • individual presentations
  • slideshows
  • critical assessment of readings
  • strategic presentation of information

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The purpose of this class is to enable the creation of exploratory and evidence-based portraits of the city. A number of urban analytic tools and methods are introduced as a result. Participants will be introduced to geographical information systems (ArcMap); this enables exploration of a city through its geographic layers. Participants will use two workhorse methods of data science – clustering and trend analysis – to evaluate where people live in the city, and which districts are growing or declining the most rapidly. An introduction to the R language is provided.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Academic requirements: First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

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