The Urban Studies MSc programme will improve the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in academia, public and private research, and other commercial and professional fields where an advanced understanding of cities and urban change is required.
Since its launch in 2008/2009, graduates have found employment in, amongst other sectors, municipal and local government, urban political organisations, art consultancies, financial services, social enterprise companies, cultural institutions, community development organisations and think-tanks. For example, our students have been employed as a Research Associate at the Demos Think Tank (2009), as an Urban Development Strategist at 00:/ Architects (2010) and as a Political Researcher at the London Civic Forum (2011).
Our graduates have an impressive record of continuing their research as PhD students. This includes at UCL (in Geography, the Development Planning Unit, Planning, CASA and Architectural Design) as well as in Europe and North America (such as at the University of Zurich, the Open University, LSE, Cambridge University, King's College, Universidade do Porto, Humboldt University Berlin, TU Berlin, Oxford University and University of Minnesota). See further details here.
Given the diverse backgrounds of our students it is difficult to generalise about what they do beyond the MSc, but here is a selection of roles undertaken by our graduates: Editor of a business magazine, broadcast journalist, programme and research lead at Future of London, product developer, lawyer, preservation researcher, research and management officer, site-specific theatre co-ordinator, auditor, artist, strategy designer, planner in urban redevelopment authority, community coordinator for the Guardian, digital communication officer for UK civil service, planning professional in private consultancy, recruitment consultant, urban researcher in Johannesburg, station capacity planner, creative writer, marketing business analyst for Transport for London, project and new service development manager for a community health organisation, marketing & communications manager, assistant private secretary UK government, news editor and satellite coordinator, research and support officer for GLA, information officer for charity, intern at United Nations, project and new service development manager for a community health organisation . . .
Different sectors in which our alumni work (survey May 2015)
Percentage of alumni working in a job connected to Urban Studies (survey May 2015)
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