M.Sc. On Campus

Urban Analytics

University of Glasgow

12 months
21650 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Around the world, city governments are realising the growing importance of harnessing the power of urban big data. This Urban Analytics programme from University of Glasgow will provide you with the knowledge and skills to design and conduct appropriate analyses, and experience of working with cutting-edge datasets.


  • The Urban Analytics programme from University of Glasgow will provide you with a critical appreciation of the potential for big data and urban analytics to inform urban planning and policy making, as well as an understanding of practical and ethical limitations.
  • It offers hands-on experience of a range of statistical and GIS software, and of the use of programming tools to capture, process and analyse data.
  • You will be exposed to a range of cutting-edge datasets typically encountered by urban analysts and the various challenges they present.
  • You will benefit from the programme’s strong connection with the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), Glasgow’s world-leading urban analytics centre of expertise.
  • The programme will develop your ability to convey the results of complex data analyses in ways which have impact on policy makers and public debates.
  • A wide range of optional courses will provide you with the opportunity to pursue personal interests, enhancing particular skills or domain-specific knowledge such as transport studies or urban design.


The practical knowledge and hands-on skills taught as a part of the programme are applicable worldwide. You will have the chance to learn about emerging forms of urban big data and analytical skills, which will equip you with unique advantages in the global job market. Career opportunities include positions in government agencies, urban planning organisations, city governments, public health boards, retail business, real estate companies, transport and other private consulting firms, as well as non-profit organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Big Data and Urban Analytics
  • Principles and Applications of Gis
  • Programming Tools for Urban Analytics
  • Quantitative Data Analysis 
  • Sustainable Urban Futures 
  • Evidence, Evaluation and Policy
  • Transport Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent qualification in geography, urban planning, environmental science, public health, economic, or related social science subject, along with an interest in acquiring skills in data science, statistics, GIS, and spatial analytics. 
  • Candidates from other disciplines such as statistics, information science, data science and engineering may also be considered. If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, you can email the programme convener to discuss.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21650 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

UK Part-time fee: £1056 per 20 credits

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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