Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,090 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, human or physical geography, geology, forestry, oceanography, or physics) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with relevant professional experience are also considered.
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.
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Students will become familiar with the computational foundations of GIScience, spatio-temporal analytics and data mining as well as acquiring the essential skills needed for dealing with big spatio-temporal data, including retrieving and mining big (open) data, web services and cloud computing systems, data management and cyber infrastructure, and web and mobile applications.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months is offered.
- GIS Principles and Technology
- Principles of Spatial Analysis
- Spatial Databases and Data Management
- Spatio-temporal Analysis and Data Mining
Choose two options from the following:
- Introductory Programming (requires Applied Machine Learning option)
- Complex Networks and Web
- Representation, Structures and Algorithms
- Mapping Science
- Supervised Learning (requires Applied Machine Learning)
- Web Mobile GIS
- Information Retrieval & Data Mining (requires Introductory Programming)
- Geographic Information System Design
- Applied Machine Learning (requires Introductory Programming, and Supervised Learning)
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory practicals. Assessment is through examination, coursework, practicals, dissertation, and poster presentation.
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.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Graduates from this programme are expected to find positions in consultancy, local government, public industry, and the information supply industry, as well as in continued research. Possible career paths could include: data scientist in the social media, finance, health, telecoms, retail or construction and planning industries; developer of spatial tools and specialised spatial software; researcher or entrepreneur.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Graduate Consultant in Urban Modelling, Jacobs (2015)
Why study this degree at UCL?
As one of the world’s top universities, UCL excels across the physical and engineering sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Spanning two UCL faculties, this interdisciplinary programme exploits the complementary research interests and teaching programmes of three departments (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, Computer Science, and Geography).
Students on the Spatio-Temporal Analytics & Big Data Mining programme will be part of a vibrant, enthusiastic, and international research environment in which collaboration and free-ranging debate are strongly encouraged. This is supported by weekly research seminars and industrial seminars from top employers in the field.
Student / staff ratios › 95 staff including 43 postdocs › 200 taught students › 170 research students
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
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.
Who can apply?
The programme is best suited to those in employment seeking continuing professional development or recent graduates who are looking for a career as a data scientist.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Spatio-temporal Analytics and Big Data Mining at graduate level
- why you want to study Spatio-temporal Analytics and Big Data Mining at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree