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What will I learn?

The MSc Geographic Data Science programme is aimed at those who wish to develop their skills in the analysis of quantitative data to answer research questions on spatial and geographic social science topics. The programme will suit you if you are interested in research for academic or policy purposes, have a background in economics or other quantitative social science and are interested in developing your technical skills in analysis of spatial data. The programme combines courses in the Department of Geography and Environment, with options in data science and programming from the Department of Statistics and Department of Methodology.

Skills in obtaining, managing, visualising and analysing data (data science) are in high demand and the programme combines a training in the application of these methods and the use of geographical information systems (GIS), with the chance to study topics in urban economics, economic geography, environmental economics or planning. The culmination of the programme is a dissertation in which you investigate your own research topic using the data science and GIS methods you have studied on the course.

Data science topics covered include programming (in R, Python and Stata), machine learning, visualisation, spatial quantitative analysis and econometrics (depending on your interests and previous experience). There is an emphasis on the use of these methods to understand causes, inform policy and address critical, policy-relevant questions in human geography, economic geography, planning, environment and development.

This programme will:

• Train you in the use of data science methods appropriate for working with geographic data, with an emphasis on answering causal research questions;

• Provide you with the opportunity to study Masters level courses in economic geography, environmental economics or planning;

• Provide you with an opportunity to apply data science skills through an extended dissertation on a geographical topic;

• Develop a set of transferable skills in independent thought, writing, data analysis, independent research, presentation and debate that are pre-requisites for future careers.

Many graduates from this programme go on to do PhD degrees, while others enter a wide variety of employment including consultancy, the public sector and education.

Which department am I in?

Geography and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£24,456.00 (US$ 29,676) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

26 September 2022

Venue

Houghton Street

London School of Economics and Political Science,

London,

England,

WC2A 2AE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5/4, or 4.3/5 or 85 per cent overall. If the only grading scheme used is a letter-grade system, we would normally require a B+ average. Applications are considered on an individual basis and entry requirements vary by programme.

For international students

Upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent with background in economics or another quantitative social science, and good analytical, quantitative and technical skills. Students should have IELTS scores 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements such as Reading: 6.5; Listening: 6.5; Writing: 6.5 and Speaking: 6.5). Students should have TOEFL scores 100 overall; Reading: 23; Listening: 22; Writing: 24 and Speaking: 22).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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