This year, the University of Sheffield is launching a new Masters in Cities and Global Development, based in the Department of Town and Regional Planning (soon to be the Department of Urban Studies & Planning).

This interdisciplinary course builds and improves on the previous MA in International Development and Planning, with an expanded range of optional modules and a realignment of the core teaching to reflect the latest debates in urban theory and development studies.

Course convener and SIID member Tom Goodfellow spoke about what the new course has to offer:

Who should be interested in the new CGD course?

This course appeals to people interested in international development who would like to focus primarily on the challenges facing urban areas. It is also aimed at those who are interested in urban planning or urban design and want to explore these issues in the Global South – including understanding the socio-economic and political contexts in which planning takes place in the South. So it’s a course for people interested in issues such as how to create wealthier, fairer and more inclusive cities, how to manage challenges of rapid urban growth by trying to create jobs and housing for all, and how to build sustainable and resilient cities, including in contexts of conflict or extreme environmental vulnerability.

What does this new MA offer?

This MA offers a package that we believe to be unique in the UK: a Masters programme drawing on both Development Studies and Urban Studies that is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute, contains an international field class, and offers the potential for students to undertake a group-based consultancy project for an external client as part of their course. The programme builds on our department’s history of five decades of academic excellence in the field of urban planning education and research, complemented by the university’s expertise in relation to global development issues, including through links to the Sheffield Institute of International Development. Students will be taught by staff who conduct research in countries as diverse as India, Chile, Uganda, China, Egypt, South Africa and Turkey.

What will graduates do after the course?

Our department has excellent employability ratings. Graduates from the department go on to take up top positions in, for example, international planning consultancies, government authorities both in the UK and abroad, NGOs, property development firms, transport and infrastructure providers and environmental organisations. We anticipate that graduates of this course will follow a similar employment profile, though obviously mainly focusing on the international side. For example, graduates from our Masters courses have gone on to work for UN-HABITAT, the main UN organisation concerned with global urban challenges, and a range of international NGOs.


To find out more about the course, visit the MA homepage.
To contact the course convener with further questions, email