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University of Glasgow: Urban Analytics

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social & Political Sciences View department profile
Web glasgow.ac.uk/socialpolitical
Study type Taught

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.

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.
  • 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.

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

The practical knowledge and hands-on skills taught as a part of the programme are applicable worldwide. You will have the chance to learn about emerging forms of urban big data and analytical skills, which will equip you with unique advantages in the global job market. Career opportunities include positions in government agencies, urban planning organisations, city governments, public health boards, retail business, real estate companies, transport and other private consulting firms, as well as non-profit organisations.

MSc

University of Glasgow
School of Social & Political Sciences

 



















The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences  links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.

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