Description

This programme is unique in its focus on the core challenges facing our increasingly ‘smart’ cities, from their operational functions and planning through to management and control. The programme reflects the changes that technology is making to the operation of, and our understanding of, the city, and gives students the technical and theoretical skills needed to make a difference to the planning of the cities of today and tomorrow.

About this degree

Students are equipped with key quantitative practical skills including mathematical and statistical modelling, computer programming, spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year, Flexible: up to 5 years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Geographic Information Systems and Science (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
  • Smart Cities: Context Policy and Government (15 credits)
  • Urban Systems Theory (15 credits)
  • Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis (30 credits)
  • Urban Design: Place-making (15 credits)
  • Planning Practice (15 credits)
  • MSc Smart Cities Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Master of Science (MSc) students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For further and the most up-to-date information about the programme structure please visit the UCL Prospectus website.

Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

This programme gives students the skills and knowledge base to embark on a professional or academic path through the highly interdisciplinary field of spatial science.

Employability

Students will graduate with an extremely broad range of new transferable practical skills including computer programming, database management, (big) data mining and web visualisation, along with an understanding of mathematical and statistical analysis methods, geographic information science, spatial analysis and urban modelling. All of these skills are developed in parallel with a wider appreciation of the problems and challenges facing planners in contemporary cities and how the latest data and analysis methods can help address them. This degree will lead to full RTPI accreditation for students already holding an RTPI accredited Bachelor’s degree from UCL or another accredited planning school, leading to a career in the UK planning system.

Fees

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, but who have professional or other qualification together with at least three years of appropriate professional experience may also be admitted. In such situations, a special qualifying examination may be set; details can be obtained from the Bartlett’s Graduate Faculty Office.

Please note: only applicants who already hold a first degree in planning, already approved by the RTPI as the first three years of a 3+1 programme, will receive full RTPI accreditation on successful completion of this degree.

International equivalent qualifications are considered, they can be found by selecting the relevant country from a drop down list in the entry requirements section of each programme page in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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