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MSc Social and Geographic Data Science



There is ever-growing national and international demand for qualified professionals and scientists who have expertise in social and geographic data science. UCL's Social and Geographic Data Science MSc provides rigorous scientific and vocational training for the next generation of data scientists, with a unique expertise at the interface of social sciences, computing and statistics.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0125 Advanced Topics in Social Data Science 15 credits
GEOG0114 Principles of Spatial Analysis 15 credits
GEOG0115 Introduction to Social Data Science
15 credits
GEOG0163 Data, Politics and Society
15 credits

The four optional modules are normally selected from the following list, but not exclusively so. Due to sabbaticals and staff changes, not all modules are available every year, and module availability is subject to change. If you have questions relating to a specific optional module available in the forthcoming year, please contact the programme convenor.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
CASA0005 Geographic Information Systems and Science 15 credits
GEOG0051 Mining Social and Geographic Datasets 15 credits
GEOG0149 Urban Policy 15 credits
GEOG0152 Introduction to Citizen Science & Scientific Crowdsourcing 15 credits
GEOG0162 Cartography and Data Visualisation 15 credits
CASA0023 Remotely Sensing Cities and Environments 15 credits

1 x 15 credit module may be taken from other Geography MSc programmes or from outside Geography subject to availability and approval from the MSc programme convenor
    15 credits

    In Term 3, students on the MSc Programme embark on a Dissertation (60 credits).

    Please note these may be subject to change.

    Information on fees and funding can be found on the main UCL website.

    You can apply for a place on this Programme via UCL Admissions (in the application form, please select 'Geography' as the department and 'Postgraduate Taught' as the Programme Type).

    For any enquiries or more information, please e-mail


    There is a wide interest in spatially referenced datasets and how to analyse them in a range of different industries. The skills taught in this programme are applicable to the following careers: GIS, marketing & business intelligence, location planning, digital health & epidemiology, data science, resource management and exploration and many more. Furthermore, MSc MSc Social and Geographic Data Science provides an ideal foundation for PhD research.

    Take a look at our Careers page to see where some of our students have gone on to work.