UCL Graduate degrees


Connected Environments MSc

The advance of digital technologies provides the instruments for observing and gaining insights into our environment. Those at the forefront of creating our connected environments are increasingly looking for solutions combining expertise in multiple business areas such as physical infrastructure, digital technology, spatial design, commercial business services and social service provision.

Key information

Please note: We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Please see the full list of Graduate Taught programmes for information on other programmes available.

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Part-time and Flexible students normally attend half this amount.

Application dates

We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£15,670 (FT)
£7,700 (PT)
£28,530 (FT)
£14,320 (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 Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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About this degree

This programme focuses on the research challenges that relate to the infrastructure required to instrument our built and natural environments. It builds on the need for a skill set in programming, data capture and visualization, and prototyping with stakeholders to support the analysis of complex systems.

The programme structure is focused on learning by doing with a mix of lectures, demonstrations, prototyping, project work and design crits. Course modules will be practice based and support a living lab research approach.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Connected Environments.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Connected Environments (15 credits)
  • Mobile Systems and Interactions (15 credits)
  • Making, Designing and Building Connected Sensor Systems (15 credits)
  • Web Architecture (15 credits)
  • Deep Learning for Sensor Networks (15 credits)
  • Sensor Data Visualisation (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Sustainability and Business of the Internet of Things (15 credits)
  • Connected Environments Group Prototype and Pitch (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


Students must submit a 10,000 word dissertation. Support will be given through monthly face-to-face tutorials with the student's dissertation supervisor (academic / industry) throughout Term 3 and the summer period.

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed via a variety of methods including building physical objects, creating software workflows and visualisations as well as written assessments, reports and group-work. You will also complete a dissertation as the assessment method for the final research project.

Students spend about 27% of their time working on independent projects, 27% in laboratories and studios,  20% on assessments, 13% in lectures, and 13% on independent study.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme. Standard general costs may include the optional purchasing of books or stationery, plus the cost of printing, thesis binding and photocopying.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Planning and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
£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.


At present there are no alumni for this programme. Alumni from other programmes at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis have gone on to work in a variety of roles across the sector including: Movement Strategies, ARUP, Westminster Council and  Lendlease.


This programme takes a holistic view toward developing the skills sets digital practitioners require. You will learn how to deliver end to end solutions from prototyping in hardware and software, to maintaining live sensor installations for the duration of the course. The technical activity is equally balanced with an understanding of the socio / economic factors such as stakeholder engagement and business model development for connected environment infrastructure.

The end to end approach to focus on learning through making and prototyping real-world solutions is critical to developing the transferable skill set which is employable in this emerging market place.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading research centres in the science of cities, generating new knowledge and insights for use in city planning, policy and design, and drawing on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling.

The programme is unique in that it develops a skill set required to deliver end-to-end solutions from developing stakeholder requirements, understanding technology, building prototypes, through to understanding how to influence decision makers.

The programme will enable you to: apply your skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities; plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning / continuing professiona development; monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis; exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or lead.

In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* i.e. “world-leading”, with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. “internationally excellent”.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On “Research Environment”, which grades the “vitality” and “sustainability” of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.

Department: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

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?

We aim for a multidisciplinary cohort and therefore are looking for prospective students with undergraduate qualifications ranging from the Arts, Computer Science, Geography, Architecture and Engineering. 

Application deadlines

For more information see our Applications page.

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