The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis



The MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics comprises 180 credits which can be taken full-time over 12 months or on a flexible modular basis of up to 5 years duration.

The programme consists of six core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

The technical aspects of the programme are delivered through workshops, lectures and practicals, and we also incorporate novel assessment methods such as blog posts, and shared outputs such as visualisations/maps and web apps.

Assessment is conducted through coursework, research presentations and practical investigations, and participation in dedicated skills modules, and culminates in the final dissertation.

The course runs full time over 12 months starting in late September. A part-time option is available which is typically completed within two years, but can be spread over 5 through modular/flexible study. All of our classes take place between 9am and 6pm.  There are no evening or weekend classes to attend.

Part-time study

Students on this mode of study should aim to follow the study pattern below:


Part-time Year One


Part-time Year Two

•    CASA0001 Urban Systems Theory•    CASA0005 Geographic Information Systems and Science
•    CASA0007 Quantitative Methods•    CASA0008 Smart Cities: Context, Policy and Government
•    CASA0009 Spatial Data Capture, Storage and Analysis•    CASA0002 Urban Simulation
•    N/A•    Any UCL Masters 15 credit module
•    N/A•    CASA0010 Dissertation

Modular/Flexible study

•    These students can take up to five years to gain 180 credits to complete the programme
•    The student registers at the start of every academic year, and chooses (via Portico) which modules to study in that academic year. The action of making a module choice generates an invoice from the Fees Office.
•    It is possible for a modular/flexible student to enrol onto the programme at the start of the academic year but decide not to take any modules in that year and defer study to another year. They will pay no fees for that year, but will remain an enrolled registered student of UCL.

Modular/flexible students must complete the module CASA0007 before CASA0009.

All taught modules must be completed before completing the Dissertation.

NB: All Modular/Flexible students MUST re-enrol every autumn until they complete their studies, regardless of whether they intend to actively study that year or not. Student registration must remain current, otherwise it will be assumed the student has left the programme.