The Master of Science in Urban Analytics is a two-year part-time programme designed to meet growing demands and equip urban professionals with cutting-edge analytics and modeling skills. The emergence of new data sources and analytics has provided new ways of studying, planning, developing, and managing cities. Public and private institutions are increasingly adopting up-to-date urban analytical knowledge and techniques to improve their efficiency and quality of work. In response to these trends, the new Master of Science in Urban Analytics programme provides urban data analytical training and smart technologies and skills applicable to urban professionals and students with relevant academic backgrounds such as urban planning, architecture, planning and development surveying, and urban design.

Programme aims

  • Equip urban professionals with cutting-edge analytics and modelling skills
  • Integrate applied techniques with adequate understanding of underlying urban science
  • Support urban policy and planning/design practitioners with urban analytics

Course structure

The Master of Science in Urban Analytics degree requires 69 credits within two years of part-time study. The curriculum of the programme consists of seven urban analytics courses (6 credits each), two urban theory courses (6 credits each; two from an approved list of courses), and a dissertation/capstone project (15 credits).

Urban analytics courses (Compulsory)
Foundations in Spatial Data Analysis
Geographic Information System (GIS) for Urban and Regional Planning Development
Urban Big Data Analytics
Programming and AI for Future Cities
Spatial Mobilities Analytics
Public Space Design Analytics
Science of Cities

Under urban theory courses (Choose two)
Urban Development theories
Morphologies and Urban Design Theories
International Planning Policy and Practice

Dissertation/capstone project
Dissertation OR
Smart Planning and Design Studio

Professional Accreditation

MUA has received “specialist” accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).  Graduates could become members of RTPI under the Associate Route.

More information about the ‘Associate’ and ‘Licentiate’ routes to RTPI Chartership may be found via: