The Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MRes teaches cutting-edge data analysis, mining, modelling and visualisation techniques for spatial systems. Students carry out their own research project, supported by academics, researchers and students in one of the most exciting, interdisciplinary research teams in the field, within The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £9,290 (FT) £4,615 (PT)
- £22,620 (FT) £11,310 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a lower second-class Bachelor’s degree may be considered on their individual merit.
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.
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About this degree
Students gain a grounding in the principles and skills of spatial research, data analysis and visualisation and virtual environments, and develop an understanding of research methodology and methods of data collection and analysis. Subject-specific modules provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in spatial analysis and to contribute to current debates in the field.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), a group mini-project (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
- Data Science for Spatial Systems
- Geographic Information Systems and Science
- Introduction to Programming
- Quantitative Methods
- Group Mini Project: Digital Visualisation
There are no optional modules on this programme.
All students submit a research dissertation of 10-12,000 words and 5,000-words in the form of a paper for publication.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical-based workshops and classes. The interlinked laboratory research-based mini project with data collection focuses on ‘remote data mining’ rather than fieldwork in the traditional planning/geographical/architectural sense. Assessment is through group and individual projects and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MRes offers a unique skillset in computation mapping, visualisation and spatial research, with recent graduates working at Ordnance Survey and the BBC, as well as a number continuing to PhDs. Through our PhD partners, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and substantial outreach, CASA is well-connected to the world outside academia.
Research-led skills are becoming increasingly key in shaping our understanding of complex spatial functions. Vast amounts of previously unused data are becoming available either from changes in accessibility, the nature of network and cloud-based computing, changing national data policies or more widely as a result of new mass data collection methodologies.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is a research centre specialising in computer-based methods such as GIS, urban simulation, mapping, data visualisation, and 3D environments in cities and space.
Graduates from our programme will have been exposed to a range of programming languages (Processing, R, Python and MySQL), 3D visualisation packages, and a substantive grounding in GIS, programming structure, mathematical methods and data design.
This combination of skills is unique – graduates from this programme will be leading institutions and companies in new directions and changing cultures across the sector.
Department: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Student / staff numbers
› 17 staff
including 11 postdocs
› 55 taught students
› 19 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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 ideal for people interested in creating visualisations, maps, analyses and models to understand spatial systems. Our students come from both humanities and social and physical science backgrounds including, geography, architecture, planning, software development, philosophy and landscape architecture.
The programme has computational and technical elements, but we do not require computing qualifications for entry; just enthusiasm and the desire to learn.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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 Spatial Data Science and Visualisation at graduate level
- why you want to study Spatial Data Science and Visualisation at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.