blog | 15.04.2021 | Qunshan Zhao

Seeking talented individuals for our MSc in Urban Analytics in 2021-22

I have a few questions for you…

Do you want to study data science but do not have an undergraduate/postgraduate degree in math/statistics/computer science/economics/engineering?

Have you worked multiple years in the public sector and now want to refresh your knowledge and skills in the new data science era?

Are you interested in both data science and social science but struggle to find an MSc programme to combine and improve your knowledge in both fields?

Do you want to switch from your traditional urban studies disciplines and move to a more dynamic urban data science domain?

Do you want to learn how to use different programming tools to wrangle with and analyse large datasets and tell an exciting story with support from your data analytics?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should apply for our MSc in Urban Analytics programme.

Since I started working at the University of Glasgow and Urban Big Data Centre in 2019, I have received many similar emails and answered similar questions to those above. Although data science is everywhere nowadays and many well-paid data scientists’ jobs exist in the private sector, there is still a lack of training for data science in the public and third sectors, especially for the social science domain. When I review the most recent Data Lab MSc scholarship list, I see that most of the funded programmes are still in the math/statistics/CS/AI/finance/health data science areas. This makes our MSc Urban Analytics unique as it is in the social/urban science domain.

For the 2021-22 academic year, our MSc Urban Analytics will receive six fully funded Data Lab Scholarships to support students residing in Scotland to join our programme. The Data Lab funding covers the full tuition fees for the MSc programme and the scholarship offers career development opportunities, including participation in Innovate Week, Data Fest, and the Data Lab Scholarship Placement Programme (paid internship opportunities during the summer).

We have successfully attracted five talented Scottish/EU students to join our programme in the past two years. Could you be next? You can find out what our students say about the programme and their publications, awards, and achievements on our MSc in Urban Analytics page.

If you want to apply to the Data Lab Scholarship in MSc Urban Analytics, please consider submitting your application now. All eligible applicants who are holding a conditional/unconditional offer of a place for September 2021, by 31st July 2021, will be considered. The scholarship committee will send out emails to request further documents in August 2021. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by mid-August. Please apply for the MSc programme by using the University of Glasgow online application system.

You can find a more detailed programme, scholarship, and admission information from our Urban Analytics MSc page on the University of Glasgow website. If you want to know more about the Data Lab MSc programme, you can find more details on their website. For any further questions, please contact me (convener of MSc Urban Analytics) at

We look forward to meeting you in Fall 2021!

Qunshan Zhao

Dr Qunshan Zhao is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Analytics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow and leads UBDC's Urban Sensing and Analytics research.

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