City Analytics

Master of City Analytics (Extension)

Prog. Code: 
2 years full-time


Delivery Options

Full-time, Part-time

Commonwealth supported places


Professional recognition


The Master of City Analytics (Extension) 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.
  • 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 Master of City Analytics (Extension) is a 2-year program. It consists of 12 courses, an integrated design studio and a major project. (96 Units Of Credit/UOC).

The program includes:

•    7 Core Courses 
•    5 Elective Courses Integrated Design Studio 
•    1 Integrated Design Studio 
•    1 Major Project  

Integrated Design Studio

This studio course provides the opportunity for UNSW Built Environment Masters students to work together in teams with colleagues from the Faculty of Engineering on real world, industry-linked projects focused on the integrated design of sustainable, high-performance buildings. The studio will be structured around cross-disciplinary collaboration and integration of low energy, passive design strategies from project conception, and will include opportunities for interaction with experienced industry professionals. Lectures in advanced topics of ESD design and evidence-based methods and tools, including evaluation and prediction of building thermal, energy and daylighting performance, will complement and inform students’ studio work.

Major Project

This major project represents the culmination of studies in Smart Cities and Urban Informatics. Students will work closely with the Director of the Program to develop a proposal. Projects which tap into current ‘live’ projects, and build upon existing international and local partnerships with universities, industry and government organisations will be encouraged. The major project report can take the form of a research thesis or a practice-oriented report. Each student will be assigned a supervisor, and it is expected that many students will also benefit from engagement with industry partners. Where partners have been directly involved, students will be encouraged to provide a short debrief to the relevant organisations. The production of the thesis will explore and provide new insights into one or more of the challenges facing cities through the integration of research and/or practical insight.

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 evidenced-based decisionmaking and innovative forms of citizen engagement.

The Master of City Analytics (Extension) 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
    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. 

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