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Advanced Spatial Analysis MPhil/PhD

Studying at The UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) gives students a unique opportunity to develop research within a strong academic centre, linking different areas, such as geography, mathematics, physics, urban planning and architecture, in collaboration with different national and international universities. CASA also has partnerships with industry and the government, facilitating insertion within these areas.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

CASA’s multi-disciplinary research towards a science of cities, combines different perspectives and methodologies, illustrated in the research areas below. These are explored via a wide range of methods from social physics, scaling to econometric and statistical models, augmented reality and hyper-local sensing through to crowd sourcing. These are applied to problems spanning archaeological datasets, to the development of ICT in smart cities.

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.

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.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective MSc, MA or MArch students in the Bartlett Faculty. Applicants' annual income (from a salary or other sources) at the start of the programme must not exceed £14,000 (full-time study) or £28,000 (part-time study).

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Graduates from CASA go on to work in world-leading universities (in the US at Berkeley, University of California and at George Mason, University of Maryland; and in the UK at the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool), 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 CASA PhD 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 at 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 expertise 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 CASA research network. In addition, 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 who have commercial or government partners.

Why study this degree at UCL?

CASA is a leading research centre that belongs to The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. It has a world-leading PhD programme that has graduated some 40 PhDs during the last 12 years.

Its multi-disciplinary perspective ranging from urban planning and policy to complexity theory, gives the student a wider overview than the more traditional programmes which are focused on either one or the other. As a result, many CASA alumni now have successful academic careers, or have become key advisors to government and industry. The programme is intensive as students are encouraged to contribute to CASA’s research community alongside taking any taught courses they may wish to.

Student / staff ratios › 8 staff › 19 taught students › 14 research students

Department: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Degree reviews

Student review

"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

Subject: CASA PhD
Staff review

"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

Subject: The Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (ASAV) MRes, Smart Cities and Urban Analytics MSc, and the Smart Cities in CASA MRes.
Student review

"CASA has a great mix of researchers including planners, engineers, physicists, programmers, data artists, architects and more. They bring a diverse range of methods to apply to the same problem –understanding cities. It is a very cohesive and collaborative department, and as an added bonus, we have fun toys in our office!"

Greg Erhardt

Subject: CASA PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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