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MSc Sustainable Cities

Programme code:MSC-EV/SCUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr David Dawson Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

Our Sustainable Cities MSc is very much driven by the problems that exist within city systems, and the problems that they each face. The course blends the core concepts of sustainability and urbanism with applied, problem-based learning.

Your core modules will focus on the very systems that need transforming to create a sustainable city, such as: energy systems, housing, mobility, and urban ecosystems. Throughout the course you'll study just one module at a time, allowing you the space to think and properly focus as you go into depth on each topic.

You'll progress through a seven-module structure, completing one module at a time (or sequential delivery). You'll complete the learning, activities and assessment for each module before the next begins, this way your MSc allows you to focus on one subject at a time, building into the big picture of urban sustainability by the end of the degree. You’ll be taught by experts across the Faculty of Environment (including the School of Earth & Environment, the School of Geography, and the Insititute for Transport Studies), and they will use a blend of approaches in the classroom, online, and around the city. Experiential learning is delivered in the form of a fieldtrip and ‘field-based’ activities in the systems modules.

Project work

You'll also undertake a research project, which is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests with your own choice of partners.

Examples of project topics include:

Linking up energy and transport systems with a project on electric vehicles in the city.

Undertaking public ‘visioning’ exercises for major sustainability developments.

Creating a mixed low-carbon housing development, by analysing alternative ownership and construction approaches.

Creating fuel forests in the city, linking urban parks with biomass production.

Developing city and regional climate change strategies around key systems.

Year1 - View timetable

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Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

FOEV5001MCities and Sustainability30 credits01 Oct to 30 Nov
FOEV5002MResearch and Skills for Urban Sustainability30 credits1 Nov to 31 Dec
FOEV5003MCity Systems: Energy15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
FOEV5004MCity Systems: Sustainable Housing15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
FOEV5005MCity Systems: Mobility15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
FOEV5006MCity Systems: Urban Ecosystems15 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
FOEV5008MSustainability Research Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

This module is elective and non-assessed, primarily designed to introduce post-graduate students to ‘Sustainability’ as a contested term, as well as providing some core knowledge surrounding its history and real-world application to apply and develop as you study your other modules at Leeds.

Year2 - View timetable

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Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:09:45


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