University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Cities and Global Development

The largest and fastest-growing cities in the world are in low and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This new course explores the urban development and planning challenges faced by governments and people in these regions and provides you with the analytical and practical tools to address them. The MA uses cutting-edge theories in both urban and development studies to engage with changes in the global south, including: the globalisation of production and consumption, rapid urbanisation, environmental change, and the spread of new forms of governance.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree or equivalent qualification. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Autumn semester core modules: theorising the city in the global south; urban development in the global south; ideas and practice in international development; research methods. Spring semester core modules: urban design in the global south; international field class. Optional modules include: international development consultancy project; sustainable development: a critical perspective; managing cities: the Seoul case study; public participation; regional policy and governance.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework and dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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