Taught course

Urban Data Science and Analytics

University of Leeds · School of Geography

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject. Those with a background in geography, urban planning, transport, or computer science, or who can demonstrate good quantitative and/or computing skills, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirement but can demonstrate several years of professional experience in a relevant field will also be considered. In this case, please contact the Admissions Team to discuss your suitability for the programme.

All applicants must have an interest in learning how to apply data science to tackle real-life urban challenges.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Urban data science and analytics is critical to helping cities evolve, providing invaluable insight into urban processes, dynamics within cities, and highlighting local and global issues. This is why specialists in this field are highly sought after within the public and private sectors to help address these issues and contribute to solutions in future planning.

Our Urban Data Science and Analytics MSc offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the methods and approaches of data science and learn how to apply them in understanding cities and setting urban policy.

The course will combine technical training in the latest data science techniques – from data wrangling to machine learning, visualisation, and beyond – with the critical thinking needed to interrogate and understand complex urban and mobility challenges.

At the heart of this course will be a commitment to tackling the real-world challenges facing cities.
Researchers at the University of Leeds are finding novel data-driven solutions to tackle challenges such as traffic congestion, social and economic equality, healthy cities, and competition for resources.

This means, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the experience, technical skills, and knowledge needed to pursue a career in this area, with roles in everything from data science to software development or urban planning.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Geography Postgraduate Admissions Team