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MScGlobal Sustainable Cities

Why this course?

This innovative programme focuses on tackling major urban opportunities and issues.

The course provides you with the skills and understanding to become a leader in the design and delivery of sustainable city strategies.

Over half the world’s population now live in cities. Achieving sustainable futures for urban centres is a growing issue. You’ll develop a full understanding of how cities work and acquire the tools to:

  • re-design city systems
  • raise finance
  • gain political and community support for transformative city strategies and projects

You’ll demonstrate your knowledge through high-quality work placements rather than a traditional dissertation. The course offers flexibility to pursue your individual interests and diversify your skills.

This course has been reviewed by a range of key employers. They’ve expressed strong interest in being involved in this course and provide project placements and job interviews to graduates from the course.

You’ll study

The programme is centred around a suite of core classes and is delivered by dynamic and passionate team of staff drawn from multiple disciplines. These are in the key disciplines that are critical for understanding cities, their challenges, and opportunities and strategies for change.

A further core class provides you with the leadership, project management and communication skills that are essential for successful implementation of sustainable city solutions.

Core classes:

  • Global Cities: Society & Sustainability
  • City Systems & Infrastructure
  • Understanding & Modelling Cities
  • Urban Theory
  • Public Policy, Governance & Strategic Change
  • Business Models, Financing & Urban Business Case Analysis
  • Leadership Skills for Urban Change

Elective classes

You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of classes across our four faculties to pursue your own interests and develop skills in specific areas.

Work placement

The degree offers relevant work experience. You’ll apply your skills and learning in two project placements in professional working environments, such as:

  • city government
  • industry
  • research institutions

Your placements can be in two different cities with the opportunity to gain international experience.

The Masters degree is created and coordinated by the Institute for Future Cities. It’s supported by the EU STEP UP sustainable cities project led by the University of Strathclyde.

Strathclyde’s new Technology & Innovation Centre

The programme will make use of the facilities within Strathclyde’s new Technology & Innovation Centre, where the Institute is based.

The Technology & Innovation Centre´╗┐ has been designed to act as a hub for world-leading research, bringing academics, business, industry and the public sector together to find collaborative and innovative solutions to complex global challenges. Future cities is a core theme of the centre, recognising the need for interdisciplinary research that delivers tangible benefits to citizens living in cities around the world.

Guest speakers

You’ll benefit from the latest knowledge and insights incorporated from leading business, government and academic experts, through guest speakers and case studies.

Flexible study options

The degree is available for both full time and part time study.

Facilities

Strathclyde’s award-winning Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. We've around 200 academic staff and more than 3,000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

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Course content

Semester 1

Global Cities: Society & Sustainability
Designed to allow you to develop your understanding of the wider social, environmental and economic systems upon which cities depend and expand their knowledge of the contemporary challenges, faced in delivering solutions for sustainability in complex urban environments.
Leadership Skills for Urban Change (part 1)
Prepares you with the professional skill-set required to implement change and deliver viable city solutions in challenging working environments. Key skills include:
  • leadership approaches
  • project management
  • decision-making
  • negotiating
  • influencing
  • communication
This class is carried out over two semesters.
City Systems & Infrastructure
Provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex and interrelated systems upon which cities depend, whilst developing knowledge of urban processes, technologies and infrastructure options for sustainable cities.
Understanding & Modelling Cities (part 1)

Provides a working knowledge of the data systems, the application of analytical techniques and modelling tools which allow cities to be understood physically, economically, socially and environmentally.

This class is carried out over two semesters.

Public Policy, Governance & Strategic Change in Cities
Designed to develop understanding of urban political systems and the actors and drivers of change. You'll enhance your skills in analysing and implementing public policy that support growth and sustainability within urban environments.
Business Models, Financing & Urban Business Case Analysis
Business opportunities have a significant role to play in transitioning towards sustainable cities. This class will enable you to develop your capabilities in evaluating and selecting business opportunities, developing alternative business models and using tools to assess the costs, impacts and risks of different financing and business strategies.

Semester 2

Urban Theory

Allows you to take a critical perspective on the ways in which urban ideas, theories and approaches have responded to contextual conditions in time and how they have shaped human lives and the environment to the present day. Current urban challenges and how design and planning strategies can integrate wider social, environmental, political and economic policy objectives to achieve more sustainable urban environments will also be explored.

Understanding & Modelling Cities (part 2)

Provides a working knowledge of the data systems, the application of analytical techniques and modelling tools which allow cities to be understood physically, economically, socially and environmentally.

This class is carried over two semesters.

Leadership Skills for Urban Change (part 2)
Prepares you with the professional skill-set required to implement change and deliver viable city solutions in challenging working environments. Key skills include:
  • leadership approaches
  • project management
  • decision-making
  • negotiating
  • influencing
  • communication

This class is carried over both semesters.

Elective classes

Elective classes

In addition to the core classes above, you'll study 4 classes from a wide range of electives. You're encouraged to select electives that allow you to pursue you individual interests and develop specialised skills relevant to your chosen career path.

Possible electives are available from a range of different departments within the university, including:

      Strategy and Organisation
    • Management Science
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Architecture
    • Government & Public Policy
    • Law
    • Computer & Information Sciences

As classes are available from a wide range of departments, some may require previous experience in a relevant field.

Examples of electives highly relevant to themes covered in the MSc in Leadership for Global Sustainable Cities include:

    • Global Energy Policy, Politics, Business Structures & Finance
    • Business Strategy
    • Energy Systems
    • Environmental Business Strategy
    • Environmental Economics
    • Geographical Information Systems
    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Leadership for Change & Innovation
    • Project Management
    • Risk Analysis & Management
    • Strategic Decision Making
    • Strategic Technology Management
    • Sustainable Energy Governance
    • Urban Transport Planning
    • International Environmental Law
    • Design Management
    • Financial Engineering
    • Business Analytics
    • Strategic Financial Management

Summer term

Transformative Projects (work-based project)
In place of a traditional dissertation, this module offers you the opportunity to undertake two challenging problem-focussed projects, allowing for the application of skills and learning within a professional working environment. Projects may be in the UK or overseas.

Learning & teaching

In semester 1 and 2, the course is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and skills-based workshops. In many of these core classes, there is also strong emphasis on group project work.

During the summer, you’ll undertake two project placements with different organisations – whether in industry, business, academia, government or other organisations working on urban sustainability problems and solutions.

Projects can be undertaken in the UK or overseas, and you’re encouraged to be pro-active in finding opportunities to work with organisations relevant to their future career ambitions. Guidance and support in finding suitable projects will be provided by university staff and periodic workshops and seminars during semesters 1 and 2 will assist you in preparing

Assessment

The core classes of the programme are assessed through a variety of methods, including written assignments and coursework, presentations and both group and individual project work. Depending on the electives chosen, you may also be assessed by exam.

Transformative Projects runs in place of a traditional dissertation. You’ll write a detailed project report for each placement, and will also produce a critical reflection on your professional skills development across both projects.

Entry requirements

An upper-second class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject is required. Relevant subjects include:

  • engineering
  • business studies
  • environmental studies
  • architecture
  • urban design
  • economics
  • geography
  • sociology
  • politics
  • public policy
  • international studies

Other subjects may also be considered.

Applications are also welcomed from candidates with strong career experience in a relevant field.

For students whose first language is not English, get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 (full-time) - £9,500
  • 2017/18 (part-time) - £4750

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 (full-time) - £9,500
  • 2017/18 (part-time) - £4750

International

  • 2017/18 - (full-time) - £17,000
  • 2017/18 - (part-time) - £TBC

How can I fund my course?

There are a number of scholarships for the MSc Global Sustainable Cities programme starting September 2016:

Look at our scholarship search for other scholarship and funding opportunities.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

 

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

This course has been reviewed by key employers, providing project placements and job interviews to graduates from the course.

With over half the world's population now living in cities, achieving sustainable futures for urban centres is a growing current issue. Over 5000 cities in Europe alone have signed up to ambitious carbon reduction strategies, and the Technology Strategy Board estimate the market in joined up urban solutions will be worth £200 billion a year.

Achieving global carbon reduction targets and improving the quality of life for citizens across the world is critically dependent on changing the way we live, work, and invest in cities. Commercial and governmental interest in cities as investment opportunities, engines for innovation, and the markets they create is growing dramatically, with significant demand for high calibre graduates in this field.

To achieve sustainable futures for cities, professionals are required who have the holistic perspective to see beyond one single aspect of city life - and the ability to develop and deliver viable strategies that address the wider social, economic and environmental opportunities.

Sustainable city leaders and innovators with a diverse range of technical and professional skills and knowledge are increasingly in demand. As cities around the world continue to adopt, develop and enhance their sustainability strategies, graduates with the knowledge and practical experience in delivering viable solutions in practice are highly-desirable employment candidates for a wider range of organisations.

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Global Sustainable Cities

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Global Sustainable Cities

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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