Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £16,690 (FT) £16,690 (PT)
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 Language Requirements
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
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
Select your country:
- 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 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
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.
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 provides 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 UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. It has a world-leading PhD programme from which 40 students have graduated 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 more traditional programmes with a specific focus. 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 › 34 staff › 40 taught students › 18 research students
Department: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
"In my field of study I can learn about the latest technological advances that relate to the urban environment and how to use them to become a better professional."
Flora RoumpaniCASA PhD
"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-SmithThe Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (ASAV) MRes, Smart Cities and Urban Analytics MSc, and the Smart Cities in CASA MRes.
"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 ErhardtCASA PhD
Application and next steps
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now