Advanced Spatial Analysis MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

  • Complexity: spatial network analysis, scaling and explanatory mechanisms
  • Design and visualisation: GIS and datavis; CAD, multimedia and 3D models; virtual cities; virtual and augmented realities
  • Geodemographics: neighbourhood profiling; health; crime; public service delivery
  • ICT in society: web-based cities; the spatial organisation of the internet; social media; the Internet of Things
  • Simulation: agent-based models, spatial models, land use transportation models.

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Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree, or its equivalent from a recognised international institution, in a relevant discipline such as Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analysis or a quantitative social science.

English level expected: Standard

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250

Funding

Funding for PhD research is extremely competitive, so we can only rarely offer scholarships. When funding is available it will be advertised on our website and we would be happy to work with applicants to secure their own funding from other sources.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

Graduates from CASA go on to work in world-leading universities (Arizona State University, University of Hong Kong and Penn State University), where they lecture and set up their own research centres. Graduates moving into the private sector have become key players in geospatial organisations (Transport for London, Dr Foster and AGI) and advisers to large government departments including the Ministries of Defence and TRansport, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Employability

Studying for a PhD in CASA offers unrivalled opportunities to interact with world leading researchers in a truly interdisciplinary environment. We frequently host visitors from around the world and encourage attendance to leading conferences across a range of disciplines. There are also opportunities to present and network as part of our seminar series as well as hear about the research of others. Much of our research is applied in the commercial and policy context and so our graduates develop the experise to secure demanding roles at top-level organisations. Many often return to CASA as visiting researchers to further strengthen our links with the academic, commercial and government sector

Networking

As a part of London's "Global University" there are a huge number of networking opportunities for CASA students to benefit from. We have a weekly seminar series and social event that attracts people from across London to hear about the latest cities research. This offers a relaxed atmosphere in which CASA students can get to know one another and the CADA research network. In additiom, our students are encouraged to represent CASA at key events, such as academic conferences, where they become known to the broader community. Finally we are keen to attract funding and students that have commercial or government partments.


Next steps

Contact

Administrator

T: +44 (0)20 3108 3877

Department

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

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Student View

"In my field of study I can learn the latest technological advances that relate to the urban environment and how to use them to become a better professional."

Flora Roumpani

Degree: PhD

Staff View

"I am inspired by the excitement of innovation and finding the 'shiver down the spine' moment when you know a research idea has the potential to change a sector or to make a real difference in our knowledge and understanding of cities."

Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith

Director, CASA