King's College London

Urban Informatics MSc

Strand Campus
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Rank: 20 (TCUG)

Location: Strand Campus

Website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk

Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2019/09/01

Duration: -

Intl fees: £25500


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Description

Overview This course is still accepting applications for September 2018 entry According to UN forecasts, by 2030 urban areas are projected to house 5 billion people globally (60 per cent of total population) and 662 cities will have at least 1 million residents. Our Urban Informatics MSc is designed for students who want to play a part in influencing the future of these growing cities and the wellbeing of their citizens. It will equip students to capture and use the rich behavioural data increasingly available from cities and citizens themselves. Using London as a lab, it will use detailed case studies to equip students with the technical skills required to conduct effective urban data analysis, and then to communicate results to effect change. This course is suitable for students with a computation or statistical background, or geography with a computational component. Features

  • Draws from both natural and social science areas to provide a rounded degree that combines the technical and social aspects of urban informatics.
  • Based in the Centre for Urban Science and Progress London (CUSP London), with connections to New York University and CUSP New York.
  • Located in central London, with opportunities to interact with government agencies and for grounded case studies using London as a lab to drive effective learning.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment, with students from across the globe.
  • Based in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, with links to both Health and Social Science and Public Policy and world-leading teaching and research.
Course details The first term provides foundation modules in core data science techniques, the theories underlying the study of cities, and ways to communicate analyses so as to affect policy-making. The second term focuses on data analysis for cities, providing insight into both spatial and network analysis as well as providing more depth on data mining techniques. In term two you will also take a specialised module exploring one aspect of city life, such as air pollution or mental health, in real depth and detail. This provides a testbed for the analysis techniques learnt, enabling students to develop confidence and experience with handling urban data. In the summer term you will also engage in a substantive individual project – connected to our research interests – tackling one of a range of urban informatics topics.

Requirements

Entry requirements

An Upper Second Class degree in Computer Science (or related disciplines). An Upper Second in a quantitative subject containing a substantial statistical component will be also be considered, or Geography where this includes a geocomputation component. A Lower Second class degree, or degree in a different quantitative discipline (e.g. Pure Maths, Physics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Psychology) may be permitted if the candidate has subsequent work experience in large-scale data analysis of at least 2 years duration. Candidates without First or Upper Second Class degree in Mathematical Statistics or Computer Science but having relevant post- graduate experience may be interviewed to assess their level of competency.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 7.0 (7.0, All in 6.5)


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About this university

International students

There are some 7000 students from outside the UK attending the university from around 150 different countries. As well as the Student Union there are also other facilities on offer to help adjust to life in the UK including the English Language Centre and help with legal paperwork such as visas, money and fees advice and general assistance with getting settled in. The London Student's Union, which later became the King's College London Students Union was founded back in 1873 and has claims to be the oldest in Europe. It provides students with a vast range of activities outside the classroom including over 50 different sports clubs and some 200 activity groups. It operates two bars, a shop and a gym on campus. Its student media came in the top three in the country and has an award winning website. In 2011, the union was responsible for the first student-led think tank in London, which has a membership of around 2000, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. It covers seven different policy areas and assists in lobbying politicians, NGO's and other policymakers. It also produces a peer-reviewed journal each September called The Spectrum.

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