The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis



Come and study with us to be at the forefront of future design and governance in our contemporary built environments.

CASA Programmes

Interested in acquiring the skills and methods to change, design and govern our smart cities in the coming decades?

Our focus at CASA is on advancing the state of the science of cities through research complemented by taught graduate study and consultancy. Our researchers, students and alumni work at the cutting edge of this interdisciplinary science. 

CASA is home to geographers, mathematicians, physicists, economists, urban planners, architects and artists. Our interests include smart cities, transport, computer science, programming, data science, visualisation, prototyping and Internet of Things. 

The skills acquired on our courses open doors to job opportunities in fields such as urban planning, city governance, engineering and data science. These are the skills that are crucial to the effective running of our future cities.

Our Master’s degrees can all be studied full-time in twelve calendar months, or on a part-time flexible basis at the student’s own availability between two and five years.


CASA’s thriving PhD programme has graduated more than 50 students to date, many of whom are now in academia and industry. The PhD takes a minimum of three years full-time to complete and is an intensive self-directed research study supported closely by two academic supervisors. 


MSc Smart Cities & Urban Analytics (equivalent to the MSc Urban Spatial Science commencing 2022)

"This MSc programme undoubtedly enabled me to think critically about the processes by which the Smart City promise is interpreted and shaped both in the short and long term".
Kirsten Zeller 2016-2017

"The best extra-gain of studying in the most prestigious U.K. department for Urban Analytics research, is the network of relationships built during this year."
Camilla Desideri, 2015-2016

MRes Spatial Data Science & Visualisation (equivalent to the MRes Urban Spatial Science commencing 2022)

"The programme taught me how to make connections across disciplines in order to discover new methods for solving spatial problems."
Heidi Mok, 2014-2015

"The year I spent in CASA was one of the most intense and productive ones I have spent learning, practising and building new, interesting ideas around analysing and visualising built environment."
Balamurugan Soundararaj, 2012-2013

"I found UCL and particularly CASA to be a really innovative and inspiring place to study, learning new techniques in social and spatial data analysis and visualisation techniques and working closely with a host of experts in the sector."
Nicola Clark, 2011-2013

"The culture of experimentation & novel ideas at CASA was a great foundation for the work I do now"
Jack Harrison, 2011-2012