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MA in Global Urban Justice

Programme code:MA-GUJ-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Alex Schafran Contact

PT variant delivered over 2 year period

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A 2:1 or First BA in Geography or cognate field, or equivalent qualification

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Geography

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Geography Examination Board - with the appropriate specialist external examiner

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The new MA in Global Urban Justice:
-responds directly to the challenges for social, spatial and environmental justice posed by the global urban age
-streamlines existing MA teaching into single, coherent and exciting new inter-disciplinary programme at cutting edge of School’s two critical human geography research clusters

The programme will offer students:
-‘Real-world’ experiences through dedicated placements with established external partners, in the third sector (voluntary, charity, think tanks, NGOs) organizations.
-Introduction to the core concepts and debates around urban justice and injustice across the global north and south with genuine broad coverage.
-Interdisciplinary and critical engagement with contemporary urbanization in the global north and south to create more just, equitable and sustainable urban futures.
-Advanced training in qualitative, quantitative and action research methods offering students an excellent pathway to employment or doctoral study (ESRC 1+3 recognised).

Graduates of the programme will be trained to be able to work across theoretical and practice based divides in order to positively intervene in a range of pressing urban challenges to achieve social, spatial and environmental justice. The MA will enable graduates to pursue wide ranging employment as
-research analysts for think-tanks;
-advocacy leaders in NGOs and campaign groups,
-senior positions in international consultancies.
Graduates will be able to work in a number of roles including
-policy makers,
-project managers,
-development planners,
-entrepreneurs and so on.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following core modules

GEOG5030MThinking through Global Urban Justice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG5120MQualitative Research Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG5210MCollaborative Research Placement30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5270MDissertation for Global Urban Justice60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following compulsory modules

GEOG5200MReclaiming the City (Long)30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5205MReclaiming the City (Short)15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following compulsory modules

GEOG5050MAction Research in Urban Contexts15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG5520MQuantitative and Spatial Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study 15 credits from the following modules, or comparable credits in other Master's level modules approved by the programme manager

IDEA5270MGlobal Environmental Ethics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
TRAN5232MGlobal Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students may choose 15 credits of electives from Geography or other Departments within the University of Leeds with approval of the Programme manager

Last updated: 11/04/2016


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