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The Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MSc teaches cutting-edge data analysis, mining, modelling and visualisation techniques for spatial systems. Students carry out their own research project, supported by academics, researchers and other students in one of the most exciting, interdisciplinary research teams in the field. The programme takes place within The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment.

About this degree

Students gain a grounding in the principles and skills of spatial research, data analysis and visualisation, agent-based models and virtual environments, and develop an understanding of research methodology for data collection and analysis. Subject-specific modules provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in spatial analysis and to contribute to current debates in the field. They will learn programming skills in Java/Processing, Python, R, JavaScript and SQL, and the ability to use a range of interactive geospatial and visualisation tools (ArcGIS, Unity, Mapbox and CityEngine).

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), a group mini-project (30 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

The core modules focus on technical skills, leading to applications in mapping, visualising and analysing spatial data.

  • Data Science for Spatial Systems
  • Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Group Mini Project: Digital Visualisation

Elective modules

Students select two elective modules from a wide range available at UCL, subject to approval.

Dissertation/report

All students submit a dissertation of 10-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical-based workshops and classes. The interlinked laboratory research-based mini project with data collection focuses on ‘remote data mining’ rather than fieldwork in the traditional planning/geographical/architectural sense. Assessment is through group and individual projects and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Recent graduates of our related Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MRes have gone on to work as developers, in spatial analysis, and a number have continued to PhDs. Through our PhD partners, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and substantial outreach, graduates will be able to take advantage of CASA's links to the world outside academia.

Employability

The Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MSc provides a unique skill set in computation mapping, visualisation and spatial research. Research-led skills are increasingly a key element in our understanding of complex spatial functions, particularly as vast amounts of previously unused data are becoming available either from changes in accessibility regulation or more widely as a result of new mass data collection methodologies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is a research centre specialising in computational and mathematical approaches, with cutting-edge research in GIS, urban simulation, mapping, data visualisation, and 3D environments in cities and space.

Students on this programme will be exposed to a range of programming languages (Java/Processing, R, Python and MySQL), 3D visualisation packages, and be given a substantive grounding in GIS, programming structure, mathematical methods and data design.

The combination of skills involved in this programme is unique – graduates will be able to lead institutions and companies in new directions and be involved in changing cultures across the sector.


Visit the Spatial Data Science and Visualisation (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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