Manchester Metropolitan University

Urban Policy and Analytics

Cities are core to human political, social, and economic life (Storber, 2013) and there is significant and growing academic debate and empirical research around the role and effect of city living. There are also significant questions raised in real world governance, public policy, and analysis for policy around cities, both in the developed world (for instance, policy debate around the devolution agenda in the UK, specifically in terms of Greater Manchester) and in the Global South. Core to these debates is the question of the universality or particularity of the urban experience; that is, the extent to which urbanisation is a universal process, with common driving forces, or is particular to each individual city case. This is a key question in urban studies, and has significant implications for our analysis of, and analysis for, urban policy. For example, what can we learn from Manchester's experience of urbanisation and its recent devolution governance reforms, and can this learning be applied to current governance and policy questions in the Global South? Are policy ideas and innovations 'mobile' - can an idea that fits the policy, economic and social context of Manchester (for example) be transferred to other cities, and what are the implications of this? What are the challenges of analysing, interpreting and comparing data? What can evaluations of policy interventions in one city tell us about the likely success of that intervention in other areas? The overall aim of this programme is to consider the challenge that urbanism brings to our analysis for, and our analysis of, urban policy. The programme will focus on different theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding urban governance, policy and data analysis for policy. It will provide students will analytical skills to undertake research in urban studies.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum 2.2 degree in any social science subject, particularly sociology, human geography, politics/political science. Students with a 2.2 in computer science or data science, with an interest in the urban analytics module, would also be welcome. Students with a degree in other subjects may also be considered and should talk to the programme director in the first instance. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Course modules

Core Units: •Researching the City •Understanding the Urban •Dissertation Option Units: •Evidence, Policy and Evaluation •Policy Analysis •Relational Urbanism •Smart Sustainable Cities •Urban Analytics •Urban Governance, Policy and Politics


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site M15 6BH North West

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