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MSc Social and Geographic Data Science



There is a constantly growing need for qualified professionals and scientists with expertise in social and geographic data science. Our MSc Social and Geographic Data Science will train you in the scientific and vocational skills you will need to be part of the next generation of data scientists. You will graduate will unique expertise at the interface of social science, computing and statistics.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0114 Principles of Spatial Analysis 15 credits
GEOG0115 Introduction to Social Data Science
15 credits
GEOG0163 Data, Politics and Society
15 credits
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0125 Advanced Topics in Social and Geographic Data Science 15 credits
GEOG0105 Research Project and Dissertation (Terms 2 and 3) 60 credits

You will normally, but not exclusively, choose your four optional modules from the following list. We regret that not all modules will be available each year due to sabbaticals and staff changes. If you have questions about the availability of a specific optional module, please contact the Programme convenor.

Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0040 Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing 15 credits
CASA0005 Geographic Information Systems and Science 15 credits
IRDR0009 Digital Public Health: Epidemics and Emergencies in the Era of Big Data 15 credits
Module codeModule titleUCL Credit value
GEOG0035 Environmental GIS 15 credits
GEOG0051 Mining Social and Geographic Datasets 15 credits
GEOG0112 Climate Change Impacts to Hydro-Ecological Systems 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 you will carry out a Dissertation project worth 60 credits.

Please note: these may be subject to change.

Fees and scholarships information 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.

    International applicants will need a Level 4 or equivalent recognised English language qualification. Visit the UCL Graduate pages for information on UCL’s English Language Requirements.

    Please email for more information.


    Across a wide range of industries, businesses are interested in understanding spatially referenced datasets. With the skills you learn in this course, you will be a prime candidate to work in areas as diverse as GIS, marketing and business intelligence, location planning, digital health and epidemiology, data science, resource management and exploration and much more. The MSc Social Geographic Data Science course Programme will also give you the ideal foundation to pursue PhD research.

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

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