New MSc City Futures

20 March 2017

The Cardiff City Region

The School of Geography and Planning has introduced a new MSc City Futures for 2017 entry, examining the challenges and opportunities of living in globalised, multicultural cities.

With over 50 percent of the world’s population now living in cities and 70 percent predicted to do so by 2050, there has been an increasing trend to associate global issues with urban issues.  Cities have been seen as the causes as the causes of global problems. This new master’s programme will explore the dimensions of contemporary urbanisation in the context of the grand challenges and opportunities of globalisation.

Speaking about the new programme, Course Director, Professor Gary Bridge said: “This new programme is extremely timely.  Students will study core modules in advancing urban theory, researching cities, and planning city futures.  They can choose from a wide range of options that cover themes such as urban and regional economic development; sustainable urban systems including environmental, housing, transport, and food systems; city governance and public policy; and designing cities. Students also undertake a dissertation in any aspect of the analysis of cities.

“The course provides students with the knowledge base and analytical skills appropriate for further academic research or for a range of urban-related careers," he continued.

In studying this degree, students will gain an understanding different urban theories that seek to interpret processes of contemporary and future urbanisation and globalisation.  They will also understand the key dilemmas, problems and situations that forms of urbanisation and urban change pose for questions of welfare and justice. Developing the analytical and methodological skills to investigate urban trends and dynamics is a key strength of this new programme.

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