Taught course

Smart Cities and Urban Analytics (RTPI Pathway)

UCL - University College London · Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates who hold a professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations and approved by UCL together with at least three years of appropriate professional experience may also be admitted.Please note: only applicants who already hold a first degree in planning, already approved by the RTPI as the first three years of a 3+1 programme, will receive full RTPI accreditation on successful completion of this degree. 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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This new programme is unique in its focus on the core challenges facing our increasingly 'smart' cities, from their operational functions and planning through to management and control. The programme reflects the changes that technology is making to the operation of, and our understanding of, the city, and gives students the technical and theoretical skills needed to make a difference to the planning of the cities of today and tomorrow.

The UCL Barlett 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.

Smart Cities is a key area of future innovation and investment in the UK, and Smart Cities and Urban Analytics is currently the only UK-based Master's programme available.

Companies such, as Intel, ARUP and Cisco all have strategies around mart city development, creating a demand for skilled personnel. CASA has well-established links with these companies and the Head of Department sits on the newly-created Smart Cities Board at the Greater London Authority to advise the Mayor of London on developments.

Full-time: 1 year; Flexible: up to 5 years;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
60 months


The technical aspects of the programme will be delivered through traditional workshops, lectures and practicals, but we will seek to incorporate novel assessment methods such as blog posts, and shared outputs such as visualisations/maps and web apps. Assessment is through a variety of written coursework assignments and final dissertation, presentation of researched material and practical investigations, and participation in dedicated skills modules.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214