In an increasingly urbanised world there is a critical need to do more with less. Smart cities, big data, virtual reality (VR) and other technologies are important in planning more sustainable, productive and resilient cities.The Master of City Analytics is a unique degree, upskilling the next generation of city data, analytics and modelling professionals. You will be able to harness the power of data-driven approaches in understanding and influencing the inherent complexity of the city. You will also broaden and deepen your skill set in this area, enabling you to contribute to the development of data-driven, evidence-based policy and decision making across our cities. The core elements of this degree are courses relevant to Smart Cities Scientific Programming, Digital Cities, GIS in Planning and Urban Data Visualisation. It culminates in a major project which is either a research thesis or a practice-oriented report.

*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.

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Why choose this degree?

You will gain a comprehensive and specialised knowledge of city data, analytics, modelling and visualisation skills, making it possible for you to understand and influence the spatial and temporal dimensions of our cities in successive employment.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone interested in professional work related to smart cities, big data and visualisation will choose this degree, as well as those who have worked in the area and intend to deepen and broaden their skills.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Spatial Analysis
  • Data Analysis
  • Future Transport Direction
  • Urban Data
  • Smart City Management

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.

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

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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