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Course summary

Around the world, city governments are realising the growing importance of harnessing the power of urban big data. This programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to design and conduct appropriate analyses, and experience of working with cutting-edge datasets. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • This programme 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.
  • 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.
  • We work closely with The Data Lab, an internationally leading research and innovation centre in data science. Our students will benefit from a wide range of learning and networking events that connect leading organisations seeking urban analytical skilled students who are looking for exciting opportunities in this field. This programme qualifies for the prestigious Data Lab Masters Scholarships available for Scottish/EU students.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE You will take five core and two to four optional courses, as well as submit a research-based dissertation. Knowledge-focused courses introduce you to the context for urban planning and policy making. Skills-focused courses on statistical methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and programming will give the opportunity to use a variety of real world datasets. Courses are delivered via a mix of lectures, tutorials, supervised computing lab sessions and small group work. Core Courses BIG DATA AND URBAN ANALYTICS PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF GIS PROGRAMMING TOOLS FOR URBAN ANALYTICS QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS (SEMESTER 1) SUSTAINABLE URBAN FUTURES (10) Optional Courses may include: EVIDENCE, EVALUATION AND POLICY TRANSPORT STUDIES TRANSPORT PLANNING METHODS URBAN ANALYTICS GROUP PROJECT URBAN DESIGN POLICY AND PRACTICE

How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via by searching for 'international'.

Entry 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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5No sub-test less than 6.0. Or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

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Urban Analytics MSc at University of Glasgow - UCAS