Sustainable Cities

MSc Sustainable Cities offers you the opportunity to understand environmental risks and how their impacts are unevenly distributed across geographies and social demographics, such as race, class, religion and gender.

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MSc (Hons) Sustainable Cities


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Degree Overview

The MSc Sustainable Cities combines social and environmental approaches to understanding and responding to the climate crisis in highly unequal cities. On the core modules you will be taught by academics active in their research and keen to share their insights on: political ecology, climate change, environmental sustainability, urban inequality, critical geography, food security and urban governance.

You will explore different theoretical approaches in urban sustainability, apply conceptual tools to distinct challenges engendered by the intersection of climate change and urbanisation, and learn about the limitations and strengths of adaptative solutions, environmental policies and initiatives.

You will be able to put your knowledge into practice investigating the key sustainability challenges faced by London with field trips focusing on the River Thames, a place where critical infrastructures for sustainability coalesce.

This interdisciplinary degree brings together the unique expertise of staff members working on human geography, environmental studies, GIS and development to discuss how both environmental and social concerns must inform a strategy towards a more sustainable urban future.

Birkbeck offers a wide range of postgraduate courses in geography, as well as allowing our students to engage with other disciplines such as anthropology and international development. We offer multiple approaches to the study of societies and cultures, human geography, and sustainability, poverty and development, as well as community and citizenship, at local, regional and global levels.

We are proud of our vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students. We have a strong commitment to social justice, which is demonstrated in much of our research.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the university over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, stationary and additional resources.

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