Post-Graduate Diploma: Cities and Governance | Admissions, TISS


Tata Institute of Social Sciences

PG Programmes

Programme Details

Post-Graduate Diploma: Cities and Governance

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Public Policy and Governance

Intake: 15



Admission Brochure

Queries: | Telegram (1)  | QR Code (2)


The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), TISS – Hyderabad, and National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi offer a one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in ‘Cities and Governance.’ Aligned to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, this interdisciplinary programme enables professionals/students to advance their existing understanding of cities/towns that may augment their professional skills and career choices.

Going beyond the mandate of the existing and conventional programmes in urban studies and urban planning programmes, the Diploma course is designed to equip students to acquire rigorous training in methodology, data analytics, planning mechanisms and institutional design.

The effort is towards honing human professionals who can envision environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive cities. The Diploma programme will also focus on practical application to real-world situations through case studies and practical exercises conducted in city labs and a capstone project. The programme creates multiple opportunities for the students to work on the currently operational government projects facilitating significant inter-agency learning. The global nature of the course ensures that students have the necessary training to work across international contexts.

The course is also relevant and attractive for international candidates, especially from Global South. Although the focus will be on the global south, including Indian cities, the course discussions will also be situated in the comparative, macro-international context comprising cities from the global North.

Based on an understanding of the foundational disciplines of Economics, Statistics, Political Science, Sociology, Law and Data Sciences, the programme focuses on a diverse set of courses. These include courses on

  • Perspective building, that engender an inclusive social perspective
  • Institutional Designs, that familiarise the students with legal frameworks for planning and governance, exposing students to policy instruments
  • Economic Frameworks, that enable students to forge a connection between the growth of cities and their financial dimensions, including taxation
  • City Analytics and data for decision support, that equip students to use big data and other data sets for impact evaluation and decision making
  • City Labs and Capstone Projects to provide hands-on experience to work on city planning methods and tools and real-life urban projects

Course Structure for the two-year MA degree programme in Cities and Governance

Who can apply:

  • Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or in the final year of graduation
  • Development practitioners, policymakers, government line ministry staff and programme managers and NGO staff, staff from federations of community organisations or private sector organisations.

Employment opportunities

  • The School of Public Policy and Governance has an excellent placement record. The students of the programme are likely to find placements in ministries, departments, and institutions of Central, State and District Governments; international consulting firms, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international developmental organisations and national and international policy think tanks.
  • Students are also encouraged and prepared for pursuing higher studies in prestigious national and international universities


For more details about the programme, faculty and research areas, Click Here

Semesterwise Courses:

Overview of Courses and Credits (Total 84 Credits)

Semester I (18 credits)
Description Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses CG-1 The Social Introduction to the Cities 2
CG-2 The Institutions of Modern Cities: Law, State, and Governance 2
CG-3 Plans and the Making of Cities 2
CG-4 Economics of Cities 2
CG-5 Caring Cities 2
CG-6 Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Methods 2
CG-7 Applied Data Science for Cities 4
Workshop CG-W1 Introduction to R/Python 2
Semester II (26 credits)
Core Courses CG-8 Cities of ‘Global South’ 2
CG-9 Financing Cities: Theories and Practices 2
CG-10 Urban Ecology and Environment 2
CG-11 Fundamental of Spatial Analysis 4
CG-12 Urban Health 2
CG-13 Project Management 2
CG- 14 Impact Evaluation 2
Workshop CG-W2   Introduction to GIS/Remote Sensing/GEE 2
City Lab CG-CL I City Lab: Exercise I 4
CG-CL II City Lab: Exercise II 4


Fee Structure:



Post-Graduate Diploma in Cities & Governance (One Year Programme) (Self-Financed Programme)

Fees Sem I Sem II
FEE Tuition Fee 1,24,000 1,24,000
Examination Fee 5,000 5,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 10,000 20,000
IT Charges 20,000 20,000
Library Charges 2,000 2,000
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 10,000 10,000
Lab / Studio Fund 8,000 8,000
Development Fund 10,000 10,000
Students' Union Fund * 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 2,000
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0
  Semester wise Course Fee 2,04,000 2,01,500
  Yearly Fees 4,05,500
  Total Course Fee 4,05,500
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.