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MSc in Urban Informatics and Analytics

CIM, Computer Science

In the last decade, Urban Informatics and Analytics has gained recognition as a new approach to the study of urban life and to the design of “smart cities”. This is facilitated in part by the harnessing of big and open data relating to various types of urban infrastructure, socio-economic profiles and activities that increasingly take place in cities and urban regions. Download our 2017-18 leaflet.

The role of an urban data analyst demands breadth of theoretical and practical knowledge in urban science—namely, understanding how people are increasingly embedded in urban life, how our wired up cities and spatial data can be analysed to offer meaningful solutions to real world problems. This course offers you:

  • Deep understanding of urban science and smart cities

  • Practical and analytical skills to explore, visualise and make sense of city-scale spatial data

  • Interdisciplinary methodological skills to design solutions to the world’s urban challenges capitalising on the emerging developments in big data and digital technologies

Unlike most existing courses that focus exclusively on data practices and tools, this course combines training in theoretical approaches to urban life with practice-based methodological skills to exploit digitalised urban data to make informed decisions.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Urban Informatics and Analytics equips you for future opportunities in employment fields such as urban planning and design, urban data science, city management and leadership within government, business and the third sector. It provides a foundation in broader fields where data analytics and visualisation are used such as Data Journalism, Finance and Health Care. This course can also lead to academic studies e.g. an MPhil/PhD in Urban Science, Interdisciplinary Studies or other relevant disciplines including Social Sciences.

Global Partnership

As a part of the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities (WISC), the students of the MSc in Urban Informatics and Analytics will be in contact with a consortium of world-class institutions from around the globe, led by the CUSP (Center for the Urban Science and Progress) at New York University (NYU), and including the University of Warwick, Carnegie Mellon University, the City University of New York, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and University of Toronto. Students of the MSc Urban Informatics and Analytics will be invited to participate in WISC and CUSP activities such as the WISC Seminar Series and the CUSP “urban data dives”.

The course also provides a pathway to the PhD programme in Urban Science at WISC for those intending to undertake further postgraduate research at the doctoral level. Each year, WISC offers several 1+3 full studentship positions through the EPSRC-CDT programme on merit basis to UK/EU students who wish to study for PhD in Urban Science. Please contact WISC for more information and eligibility criteria.

Who should apply?

This course is aimed at students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who want to learn more about the emerging field of urban science and about the ways to think and research independently in relation to urban and social-media data using new interdisciplinary methods and methodologies relevant to urban science. Although no specific background is required, your application must demonstrate an ability to work creatively and independently as well as an interest in urban science and data analytics in general. For further information, contact the Course Convenor, Dr Joao Porto de Albuquerque: or the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses, Dr. Michael Dieter:

Applications now open!

Full details here.

Course Laptops

All students on CIM degrees are given a laptop to use in class.

Entrance Requirements

  • We normally require a first or upper second class undergraduate degree.

  • If your first language is not English, we normally require a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

  • We are especially open to discussing applications from mature students who may have come to higher education through a range of diverse routes.

  • We consider each application on its merits, so please email get in touch with the course director (Dr Joao Porto de Albuquerque: ) to discuss course eligibility if you are unclear about entrance requirements or have any questions.

Fees & Finance

Year 2016-17 2017-18
Status full-time part-time full-time part-time
Home/EU £8,555 £4,665 £8,970 £4,885
Overseas £18,275 £9,525 £19,180 £9,990

See here for further information about Fees and How to Pay: The Finance Office.


We consider all eligible applicants for bursaries and scholarship while funds are available, so do apply for the course as early as possible if you'd like to be considered.

Funding is available for Home / EU students for this course.

GREAT-India Scholarships are also available, this is a competitive bursary available to students applying from India.

For further information on funding available please click here.

Course Duration

  1. one year full-time (October to September)
  2. two years part-time

Urban Informatics and Analytics Course Overview

The MSc in Urban Informatics and Analytics includes two core modules and a dissertation project and three or four option modules.

Please note that not all modules listed here will be available each year due to staff availability and student number uptake. Modules will also be updated annually. For further information, contact the Director of Taught Postgraduate Degrees, Michael Dieter:

The list of Options modules available are accurate at the time of producing this document. However, at the start of the academic year, you may find additional module(s) offered as part of the options lists. Please email the Course Director Dr Joao Porto de Albuquerque: for the up-to-date information.

Core modules

At least 3 option modules between Option Lists A & B, with at least one from List A and one from List B.

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