Sustainable Cities MSc

The following modules are available in 2023/24 for Sustainable Cities MSc and are examples of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change. You will study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules:

Sustainability Research Project – 60 credits

This module will develop your independent research capacity within the field of sustainable cities. The research Project will build on all previous learning to produce an original piece of research centred on a live urban problem identified by yourself and supported by an academic supervisor.

Cities and Sustainability – 30 credits

Purposefully designed as an intense, fun and challenging experience this module will introduce you to critical debates in sustainability, cities and urban systems as well as demonstrate a variety of approaches and applications in terms of sustainability and potential systems changes in cities.

Research Skills for Urban Sustainability – 30 credits

Gain a grounding in epistemology and research methods that teach the skills needed for change-focused research in urban sustainability.

City Systems: Energy - 15 credits

Diagnose and solve real world urban problems using new data analysis and action research techniques as well as critically analyse the social, environmental and economic impacts of key urban systems and how they are evaluated.

City Systems: Sustainable Housing – 15 credits

Understand the challenges facing urban housing systems and how to make system transformations for sustainability. You will be presented with a design challenge to construct affordable, low impact community housing neighbourhoods.

City Systems: Mobility – 15 credits

This module will equip you with the knowledge and analytical skills needed to critically engage with debates and practice on assessing and planning urban mobility systems.

City Systems: Urban Ecosystems – 15 credits

Learn what constitutes an ecosystems and how the discipline of urban ecology has developed to study ecosystems within and between cities. You will learn to identify the benefits that urban ecosystems provide to society and the city specific issues raised in debates on the natural world, urban greening, urban green spaces and urban green infrastructure.

The full list of module information can be read in the course catalogue.