Research course

Advanced Spatial Analysis

UCL - University College London · Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree, or its equivalent from a recognised international institution, in a relevant discipline such as Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Analysis or a quantitative social science.

Months of entry


Course content

Studying at The UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) gives students a unique opportunity to develop research within a strong academic centre, linking different areas, such as geography, mathematics, physics, urban planning and architecture, in collaboration with different national and international universities. CASA also has partnerships with industry and the government, facilitating insertion within these areas.

CASA is a leading research centre that belongs to The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. It has a world-leading PhD programme that has graduated some 40 PhDs during the last 12 years. Its multi-disciplinary perspective ranging from urban planning and policy to complexity theory, gives the student a wider overview than the more traditional programmes which are focused on either one or the other. As a result, many CASA alumni now have successful academic careers, or have become key advisors to government and industry. The programme is intensive as students are encouraged to contribute to CASA’s research community alongside taking any taught courses they may wish to.

Department specialisms

Complexity: spatial network analysis, scaling and explanatory mechanisms Design and visualisation: GIS and datavis; CAD, multimedia and 3D models; virtual cities; virtual and augmented realities Geodemographics: neighbourhood profiling; health; crime; public service delivery ICT in society: web-based cities; the spatial organisation of the internet; social media; the Internet of Things Simulation: agent-based models, spatial models, land use transportation models.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Funding for PhD research is extremely competitive, so we can only rarely offer scholarships. When funding is available it will be advertised on our website and we would be happy to work with applicants to secure their own funding from other sources.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Miss Lisa Cooper
+44 (0)20 3108 3327
020 7679 3001