City Analytics

Graduate Diploma in City Analytics

Prog. Code: 
1 calendar year full-time


Delivery Options

Full-time, Part-time

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Professional Recognition


Understand the inherent complexity of the city

The Graduate Diploma in City Analytics provides you with a unique offering, upskilling the next generation of practitioners and policy-makers with the ability to harness the power of data-driven approaches for understanding the inherent complexity of the city. This course 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.

Upon graduation from this program you will be able to:

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

*This program is suspended and the final intake will be T3 2020. From 2021 you will be able to study City Analytics as a sequence of recommended electives in the UNSW Master of City Planning, as well as electives in other Built Environment programs.

Key Information

Program details

The Graduate Diploma in City Analytics is a 1-year program. It consists of 8 courses. (48 Units Of Credit/UOC).

The program includes:

•    6 Core Courses 
•    2 Elective Courses 

Key Areas of Study

Smart Cities
Scientific Programming
Digital Cities
GIS in Planning
Urban Data Visualisation.

For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you will have a well-grounded knowledge of city data, analytics, modelling and visualisation skills and how such skills can be applied to support evidence-based decisionmaking and innovative forms of citizen engagement.

The Graduate Diploma in City Analytics will provide you with a unique and complementary 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. 


Why UNSW School of Built Environment
  • Be connected to a global network
  • Graduate Certificate entry available
  • Pathway to extension program
  • UNSW ranks 25th in the world and 4th in Australia in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World Rankings 2019)
  • World class alumni connections
  • UNSW Sydney ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019)
  • UNSW has invested over $1.2 billion in student facilities and accommodation
  • Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8)
  • Strong industry links and partnerships
  • In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA), UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.
Entry 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. 

  • Built Environment subject areas
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law/Jurisprudence
  • Social science, social and public

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of City Analytics students may apply for entry into the Master’s program with full credit for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.

How to apply

All domestic and international students can apply for postgraduate coursework online:

  • Apply online (International students must pay an application fee of $125.)

Application deadlines:

  • Term 1 (February) - apply by 30 November*
  • Term 3 (September) - apply by 31 July

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you can then be assessed for transfer credit for courses (subjects) studied in your previous degree. 


A wide variety of scholarships and awards are available to support you when you are starting and throughout your degree. Whether it is academic, sporting, equity, indigenous, rural, degree specific, or travel and exchange you can find a scholarship that suits you.

The faculty has a number of scholarships and prizes offered to students enrolled in its courses. For information, including general scholarships available to UNSW local and international students and closing dates for applications, visit the UNSW Scholarships Website.

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