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Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre

The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) at the Institute of Geography and Development Studies of Njala University. It offers short training courses and several opportunities to partner up in research and urban development projects. It also has a physical and online resource unit with an extensive collection of knowledge about urban Sierra Leone and other interesting materials.

You can access it at the SLURC resource unit.

Development and Planning in African Cities master’s course

We would like to use this opportunity to make you aware of the exciting news that SLURC together with DPU (UCL) is developing a new master’s course in Development and Planning in African Cities (MSc DePAC) which will be on offer from October 2021 at Njala University, Sierra Leone.

We are working closely with scholars from various African countries and other parts of the world, with the African Association of Planning Schools (AAPS) and other institutions to make this course different from current planning courses; a common consensus amongst the scholars was that planning education needs to be decolonised and contextualised so that it addresses urban issues in African cities in an effective way and serves those living in the fast growing urban centres in Africa.

You can stay up-to-date about this course and any other SLURC news and publications by signing up to our quarterly newsletter and referring to our website, which has a range of knowledge and sources for any urban related issues you might be interested in, including a library on urban issues in Sierra Leone and Africa.

In addition, Njala University offers two other relevant programmes:

  • MSc in Development Studies
  • MSc in Environment and Development.

Bartlett Development Planning Unit

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) of University College London conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Become a development planning practitioner at the DPU!

The DPU offers offers a PHD and 7 MSc programmes:

  • Social Development Practice
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Urban Development Planning
  • Development Administration and Planning
  • Health in Urban Development
  • Urban Economic Development
  • Building and Urban Design in Development

Register your interest now

Information about DPU’s postgraduate programmes

You can read the latest news about our activities, or you can find DPU’s latest publications, and download the DPU News

Free upgrade opportunity

If you would like to receive a certificate upon completion of the course, as well as unlimited future access to all course materials, you can upgrade via FutureLearn for $44. However, if you are from a non-OECD country*, we are offering you full sponsorship to upgrade for free.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please email SLURC, stating your full name and country. We will then issue you with a voucher code that you can enter on the upgrade page within the FutureLearn platform. All information collected from you will be stored and handled according to UCL’s Privacy Policy.

*(Not sure whether your country is an OECD member? If it does not appear on this list, then you are eligible for sponsorship).

Re-using course materials

If you’re an educator or practitioner, we encourage you to download, adapt, and re-use the content from this course for your own learning teaching and learning purposes. These materials are licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 International and can be adapted with accreditation. They are accessible via the OpenEd@UCL open educational resource (OER) repository. For further information or support in using these resources please contact the Digital Education team at UCL.

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