City Analytics - 8151

Program Summary

Faculty: Built Environment

Contact: Built Environment

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 72


Master of City Analytics

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Program Description

**The first intake for this program will be Semester 1 2018**

With an increasing urbanised world there is a critical need to do more with less. The City Analytics programs will play an integral role in growing the skill set and culture of data driven evidenced based policy and decision-making across our cities, both in Australia and Internationally. Smart cities, big data, virtual reality and such technologies promise much in their use in planning more sustainable, productive and resilient cities. However, such technologies need to be properly understood, critically appraised and used effective by government industry to ensure our cities of the future are equitable, prosperous and sustainable.

The new City Analytics articulated suite of programs will provide a unique offering upskilling the next generation of practitioners and policy-makers with the ability to harness the power of data driven approaches to understanding the spatial and temporal dimensions of our cities, both past, present and future.

The core elements of the City Analytics Masters Program primarily comprise courses specifically relevant to Smart Cities; namely: Scientific Programming, Digital Cities, GIS in Planning, and Urban Data Visualisation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the 8151 program will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate both theoretical and practical grounding to be competent and confident in understanding, analysing, modelling, and visualising urban data.
  2. Develop skills and applications in relevant computer technologies and a critical appreciation technology transfer in practice in the changing global context.
  3. Develop and apply specialised knowledge and analytical skills to inform evidence-based policy and decision making processes.
  4. Demonstrate ability to apply research principles and methods applicable to smart cities in local, national and international contexts.
  5. Demonstrate ability to interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences with a focus on technology.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of professional and ethical conduct and personal accountability consistent with industry expectations in the context of new technology and data governance.

Program Structure

City Analytics Masters students will study seven core courses (42 UOC) and three elective courses (18 UOC) over 3 semesters.

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Elective (6 UOC)
Year 1
Semester 2
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Elective (6 UOC)
  • Elective (6 UOC)
Three elective options (18 UOC) will be chosen from the following range*:

Semester 1 Electives:
Semester 2 Electives:
Summer Semester Electives:
*or other relevant UNSW courses as agreed with the program director

Academic Rules

Admission Requirements:

The emerging field of smart cities is of interest and relevance to a wide range of professions and disciplines areas. Accordingly, the range of Bachelor degree subject areas considered a relevant background for admission to this program is quite broad. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in the following subject areas and who have achieved a credit average will be eligible for admission to the suite of City Analytics programs. Applicants who don't have a credit average may be considered for entry to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.
  • Built Environment subject areas
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law/Jurisprudence
  • Social science, social and public policy
  • Design Graduates from Design Degrees

Recognition of prior learning [RPL]:

Consideration of advanced standing may be granted for completed or partially completed postgraduate awards from UNSW or another institution and is in accordance with UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. When considering the granting of advanced standing on the basis of previous postgraduate study at another institution, the program authority will take into account the quality of the institution and the quality, level and content of postgraduate courses previously undertaken.


Students may apply to progress from the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma to Masters level with full credit for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.


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