The programme is composed of three pathway options: (1) Smart Cities and Urban Policy, (2) Modelling and Simulation, and (3) Data Visualisation. Core concepts applicable to all programme pathways provide a foundation in urban spatial science, with pathways supporting optional thematic specialisation. The MSc is deliberately cross-disciplinary, drawing on staff with backgrounds in geography, planning, computer science, physics, as well as the arts and humanities.
Taught content explores the theoretical, social and scientific foundations of the modern built environment through a geo-spatial, data-oriented lens. We also cultivate a practical appreciation of the technical and methodological ‘state-of-the-art’ associated with urban analytics and data-driven decision making, including: mathematical, statistical and simulation modelling, computer programming, spatial analysis and visualisation. Importantly, these practical skills are underpinned by broad theoretical perspectives on demographics, economics, form and function, network interactions and complexity, governance and policy, planning and, crucially, urban science.
Through learning what is possible with code, about the benefits of data-informed urban analytics, and (as importantly) about the limitations technology-led solutionism, our graduates are distinguished as being simultaneously technically-capable but critically reflective, able to look past the hype that accompanies the buzz around smart cities, urban data science, and urban science.
This Urban Spatial Science MSc programme at University College London (UCL) provides students with the skills and knowledge base to embark on a professional or academic path through the highly interdisciplinary field of urban spatial science and the wider urban planning and policy fields (see the summary programme description and learning outcomes for specific skills).
Since its original inception, graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers in local government, urban planning, software development and academic research. This is indicative of the breadth of knowledge and opportunities afforded by our programme.
- Urban Systems Theory
- Geographic Information Systems and Science
- Urban Simulation
- Data Science for Spatial Systems
- Quantitative Methods
- Smart Cities: Context, Policy and Government
- Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis
- Agent-based Modelling for Spatial Systems
- Programming for Spatial Analysts
- Remotely Sensing Cities and Environments
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it's full or by 30 June.
DisciplinesGeographical Information Systems (GIS) Urban Planning View 72 other Masters in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
International32099 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32099 GBP per year during 12 months.
National16500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Living costs for London
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