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Course summary

Cities across the world are facing huge sustainability challenges. While mayors and city councils pledge ‘zero carbon cities’ by 2040, a serious skills shortage means a new generation of sustainability leaders is needed. Our Sustainable Cities MSc tackles this skills shortage by equipping you with the knowledge and tools necessary to become an urban sustainability leader. On this programme you'll experience urban sustainability first hand, blending concepts and theories with real-world problems and solutions. You'll learn about energy systems, transport networks, housing provision, urban ecosystems and food. Using applied cases, you'll discover how these systems can be transformed to produce better economic, environmental, and social outcomes, meaning you’ll be fully equipped to pursue careers in city government, consultancy, NGO’s and beyond. Throughout your course, there’ll be input from across several of our Schools – all of which conduct internationally excellent research that addresses and challenges global environmental issues, ensuring you’ll be learning the most topical and up-to-date information in this field. Why study at Leeds:

  • Graduate with an MSc from a university that takes an active role in sustainability throughout our campus and beyond.
  • Learn the latest innovations in sustainability through our world-leading research, which feeds directly into this MSc and gives you the opportunity to interact with academics who are actively working on solving major global issues.
  • Advance your skills and understanding in critical areas sought after in industry, learning how cities work sustainably, with particular focus on energy, sustainable housing, mobility and urban ecosystems.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching, delivered by academics and researchers from across the School of Earth and Environment, School of Geography and the Institute for Transport Studies whose specialisms are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course.
  • Build your leadership confidence through your personal leadership plan, which is tailored to your strengths and development needs.
  • Get to know your course mates and teachers on a residential field trip to the Centre for Alternative Technologies in Wales, where you’ll work together on practical issues of sustainability.
  • Join one of our societies, such as SusSoc, where you can meet like-minded people at events such as socials and sports.

Assessment method

You will be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, essays, presentations, with assessment of problem based learning sets. The problems set will be drawn directly from real world challenges facing cities and are an excellent preparation for professional practise.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a natural, environmental, physical, management or social science subject. We welcome students from a range of disciplines who want to engage in new thinking around sustainable cities. You are highly likely to benefit from this MSc if you have a background, interest, or qualification in: geography, town planning, earth and environment, architecture, sustainability, engineering, business and management, sociology, politics or public administration. Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered on a case by case basis where applicants can demonstrate relevant work experience or aptitude in a relevant specialist field. Graduates from other disciplines and those with professional experience in the sector will also be considered. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees are listed on our website: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/i429/sustainable-cities-msc Scholarships: International Masters Excellence Scholarship: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/dir-record/scholarships/1791/school-of-earth-and-environment-international-masters-excellence-scholarship
Sustainable Cities at University of Leeds - UCAS