MSc Technology for Sustainable Cities with Advanced Practice

The UN estimates that by 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas; an extra 2.5 billion people on today’s number. 

Course details

This rapid urbanisation is occurring at a time of global targets for reduced emissions. 

  • Mode of study: Full-time classroom
  • Intake: January, September
  • Course length: 1 year
  • Course fee: £7,950 per year
  • Locations: London

Northumbria University in partnership with QA.

Course overview

This MSc will explore the potential of technological solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by cities today. You will learn how big data technologies enable new opportunities for resource efficiencies, how IoT applications are empowering communities and the urban planning technologies (GIS, spatial data, building information modelling) available in designing sustainable cities.

You will be exposed to theories and principles relating to the design, development and testing of applications used in smart cities. This includes the use of different methods and tools to collect, represent, manipulate and manage spatial data using Geographical Information Systems.


Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent in any subject


This Masters programme prepares you for a range of careers in the field of urban planning for smart cities, including management and leadership in computing. Possible career routes available include:

  • Urban planning in local and national government
  • Government roles responsible for sustainability
  • Technology and software development companies involved in smart city applications
  • Consultancy firms

Typical job roles include:

  • Sustainable City Designer
  • Smart City Planner and Data Scientist
  • IoT Infrastructure Designer
  • Machine Learning Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Geospatial and Mapping Scientist
  • Urban Informatics Analyst
  • Blockchain Architect/Developer


All modules on this course are core and 20 credits unless otherwise stated.