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Urban Analytics and Visualisation (MSc)

University of Warwick

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Warwick

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Warwick's CIM explores how our wired-up cities can be analysed to offer meaningful solutions to real world problems. Urban Analytics and Visualisation MSc advances your understanding of smart cities, analysis of city-scale data and the emerging solutions posed by interdisciplinary methodologies.

Course Overview*

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. At the same time, cities and urbanised regions in general are increasingly linked and influenced by “smart” technologies. Urban Analytics and Visualisation is an emerging interdisciplinary approach to addressing the urban challenges arising from these developments. Our unique MSc develops both the practical and theoretical skills needed – such as data analytics, urban theory, and visualisation techniques – to tackle these challenges, combining practice with cutting-edge theoretical and methodological understanding of urban systems.

Our course offers you:

  • Deep understanding of the nexus between urban life and digital technology
  • Thorough knowledge of interdisciplinary urban analytical methods
  • 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 emerging developments in big data analytics and digital technologies


Online virtual learning environment; student group and project work; lectures; seminars; reading and directed critical discussion; independent research by students; practice-based activities to learn from each other and have a productive exchange of ideas.

Skills from this degree

  • Software skills: R including geospatial R packages; GeoDa (a spatial visual analytics tool); QGIS (an open-source geographical information system); (possibly more, depending on optional modules chosen)
  • Communication of scientific results to different audiences (including the general public)
  • Interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration skills
  • Application of urban theories to real-world problems
  • Critical reflection about data, information, tools/methods
  • Project management and team working skills (managing extensive group work projects)


Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: AXA, BaiDu, GroupM, Just Eat, Skyscanner, The Labour Party and University of Warwick. They have pursued roles such as: authors, writers and translators; business and financial project management professionals; buyers and procurement officers; data analysts and product managers; marketing associate professionals; quality assurance and regulatory professionals and researchers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Careers in AI and Data Science
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Discuss What’s Next After Your CIM Master’s Degree

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,520per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Warwick

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  • Campus address

    University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 110 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    184 77%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.54 71%



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