The MSc Urban Studies is a unique collaboration between four UCL faculties (Arts and Humanities; Bartlett; Engineering; and Social and Historical Sciences). A distinctive feature of this MSc is the focus on the interface between theory and practice across a diverse range of topics from historic patterns of urban change to current developments in urban design and the visual arts. In term 1 students will be introduced to many of the key debates that have shaped thinking on modern cities and they will also be able to learn basic methodological skills necessary for the dissertation. In term 2 they will have the opportunity to pursue their own specific interests in the urban field in greater detail, leading towards an independent research project to be completed during the summer.
Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. More than half the global population lives in cities and according to the United Nations this number is set to rise to three-quarters by the year 2050. The scale and complexity of these developments necessitate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis that can address critical challenges and influence debates both within and outside the academy. These issues range from emerging conceptions of urban design to large-scale challenges such as slums, poverty and access to basic services. Cities are now at the maelstrom of social change reflected in new conceptions of identity, collective memory and the technological transformations of everyday life. By taking this MSc you will be better able to understand these debates and apply your own knowledge in the course of your career - whether this is geared towards further research and writing or through an enriched practical and professional contribution to the urban arena.
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