Consumer Data Research Centre

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The Centre’s four host Universities have a range of Big Data MSc and PhD opportunities available.


PhD Studentship Opportunities

Three University College London (UCL) PhD Studentship Opportunities
The CDRC at UCL have three co-funded PhD studentships available in quantitative social science based in UCL’s Department of Geography. The awards will be administered through the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership. Projects are available working with the Local Data Company, the Office for National Statistics, and Kantar Worldpanel.  All opportunities commence September 2019.

These awards are open to applicants with backgrounds in quantitative social science and related disciplines, such as geography, GIS, social statistics, political science, economics, applied mathematics, planning, sociology, practical data analytics, software engineering, statistics and machine learning theory. Students will be expected to work with consumer data as part of an exciting multidisciplinary research centre.

The studentships will cover

  • Full payment of tuition fees per year – for either three years (Ph.D. only) or 1+3 years (including a preparatory year’s Masters study in a quantitative social science course).
  • Annual maintenance stipend full-time: £16,999 (plus an additional £2,000 Advanced Quantitative Methods supplement) for 2018/19

If you are interested in applying, please:

  1. Ascertain your eligibility to hold an ESRC studentship here. Note that full awards are intended for students ordinarily resident in the UK although, exceptionally, overseas students with strong backgrounds in advanced quantitative methods may be eligible.
  2. Ascertain your research training foundation. If you hold or expect to obtain a relevant MSc with methods training meeting the 2015 ESRC Postgraduate Training Guidelines, you may apply for a +3 studentship. If you do not, you will need to take one of the related MSc courses at University College London, examples detailed here.  If following this route we will discuss with you the most appropriate course to apply for.
  3. Please apply to Dr Tank Green ( by 5pm on Thursday 28th February 2019. Please send:
  • Max 500 word covering email summarising your interest in pursuing a particular co-funded PhD studentship with the CDRC.
  • Academic CV including marks awarded to date plus details of 2 referees

Please note that only strong candidates (at least 2.1/Merit with elements of first/distinction level) will be considered.

Candidates who have already submitted applications need not re-apply.

Full details available here.

Below is a list of MSc Programmes at the host universities, which have a particular focus on the study of Big Data:

University of Leeds

MSc Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy Advanced Computer Science (Data Analytics) MSc
MSc Business Analytics and Decision Sciences MSc in Geographical Information Systems
Data Science and Analytics MSc  MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics
MSc Health Informatics


University College London

MSc Geographic Information Science MSc Geospatial Analysis
MSc Web Science and Big Data Analytics Spatio-temporal Analytics and Big Data Mining MSc
BUSICS Business Analytics Msc MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics
MRes Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MRes Urban Sustainability and Resilience



Web Sciences and Big Data MSc Big Data and High Performance Computing
Geographic Data Science



MSc in Applied Statistics


We currently have a number of PhD Students at the University of Leeds, University College London and University of Liverpool:

University of Leeds

Ning Lu Eusebio Odiari
Rachel Oldroyd Amanda Otley
Emily Sheard



University College London

Nilufer Sari Aslam Ffion Carney
Kirsty Graham Kira Kowalska
Radoslaw Kowalski Guy Lansley
Alyson Lloyd Markus Loening
Karlo Lugomer Tim Rains
Balamurugan Soundararaj Terje Trasberg
Anastasia Ushakova


University of Liverpool

James Bass Celine Chalupa
Meixu Chen Sam Comber
Alec Davies Nicola Fisher
Melanie Green Yunzhe Liu
John Murray Nikolaos Patias
Susannah Philp Natalie Rose
Krasen Samardzhiev Ellen Talbot



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