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Spatio-temporal Analytics and Data Mining - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

With the rapid development of smart sensors, smartphones and social media, "big" data is ubiquitous. This new MSc teaches the foundations of GIScience, database, spatial analysis, data mining and analytics to equip professionals with the tools and techniques to analyse, represent and model large and complex spatio-temporal datasets.

Degree information

Students will be equipped with computational foundations and skills needed for big data analytics including visualisation, prediction, clustering and simulation with statistical and machine learning approaches, as well as retrieving and mining big (open) data, web services and cloud computing, web and mobile applications, by practising with real case data and open software.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core modules
-GIS Principles and Technology
-Principles of Spatial Analysis
-Spatial Databases and Data Management
-Spatio-temporal Analysis and Data Mining

Choose four options from the following:
-Introductory Programming (requires Applied Machine Learning option)
-Complex Networks and Web
-Representation, Structures and Algorithms
-Mapping Science
-Supervised Learning (requires Applied Machine Learning)
-Web Mobile GIS
-Information Retrieval & Data Mining (requires Introductory Programming)
-Geographic Information System Design
-Applied Machine Learning (requires Introductory Programming, and Supervised Learning)

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory practicals. Assessment is through examination, coursework, practicals, dissertation, and poster presentation.


Graduates from this programme are expected to find positions in consultancy, local government, public industry, and the information supply industry, as well as in continued research. Possible career paths could include: data scientist in the social media, finance, health, telecoms, retail or construction and planning industries; developer of spatial tools and specialised spatial software; researcher or entrepreneur.

Graduates will be equipped with essential principles and technical skills in managing, modelling, spatial and spatial-temporal analysis, visualising and simulating "big" spatio-temporal data, with emphasis on real development skills including: Java, JavaScript, Python and R. Business Intelligence (BI) skills will also be taught via practical case studies and close collaborations with leading industrial companies and institutions. All these skills are highly valued in big data analysis.

Why study this degree at UCL?

As one of the world’s top universities, UCL excels across the physical and engineering sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Spanning two UCL faculties, this interdisciplinary programme exploits the complementary research interests and teaching programmes of three departments (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, Computer Science, and Geography).

Students on the Spatio-Temporal Analytics and Big Data Mining programme will be part of a vibrant, enthusiastic, and international research environment in which collaboration and free-ranging debate are strongly encouraged. This is supported by weekly research seminars and industrial seminars from top employers in the field.

Visit the Spatio-temporal Analytics and Data Mining - MSc/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

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Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
- The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, human or physical geography, geology, forestry, oceanography, or physics) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with relevant professional experience are also considered.

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