The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


MRes Spatial Data Science and Visualisation

The MRes in Spatial Data Science and Visualisation is both a research degree and a pathway to a PhD or career in data science, GIS or visualisation.

Credit: Dr Duncan Smith

Note: The deadline for applications to this programme for 2021/22 entry is now 31 May 2021.

We develop research in emerging computer technologies in geography, space, location and the built environment. 

Our interdisciplinary research centre draws expertise from archaeology, architecture, cartography, computer science, environmental science, geography, geomatic engineering, neuroscience, planning, remote sensing and transport studies.

CASA often has associated students in other departments. This structure generates a unique blend of knowledge, which forms the core of the MRes SDSV.

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About the course

A unique focus on analysis, mapping and visualisation, pulling together the latest research in urban form, functionality and communication. 

Recent changes in the rise of web-based technologies and the abundance of sophisticated, packages mean graduates need a broader understanding of data that extends beyond specific software tools.

The MRes SDSV reflects this change, teaching technologies and methods that deliver the skills required for future professionals and policymakers interested in data, space, architecture and geography.

It aims to provide:

  • social and spatial research principles and skills training
  • a strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and methods of data collection and analysis, to support and enable independent and group research projects

    Credit: Dr Greg Slater



"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

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Why choose The Bartlett?

We are:

  • located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities
  • based in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of whom are partners
  • host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills
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