MSc in Urban Analytics

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.

  • The 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.

As this is a new programme, we don’t have student feedback to share yet but you can see what students say about our other programme - the MSc in Urban Transport.

Data Lab Masters Scholarships

The University has been awarded funding to support 2 postgraduate taught places (with the proviso that numbers may change in May when the Data Lab receive confirmation from the funding sources) on this course for eligible students resident in Scotland or the EU (with the exception of England, Northern Ireland, Wales). The Data Lab funded places, supported by the Scottish Funding Council and European Social Fund are available for entry in September 2020, and are awarded on a competitive basis. The Data Lab funding covers tuition fees. You may also wish to investigate additional living costs funding options which are available to students undertaking postgraduate taught study.

There is no separate application form. All eligible applicants who are holding an offer of a place by 31st May 2020, will be considered. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by mid-July. Please apply using the University of Glasgow’s online application system.

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