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.


ESRC UCL, Bloomsbury, East London Doctoral Training Partnership Co-funded PhD studentships at the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC)
Closing date 12 February 2017

The Consumer Data Research Centre have three co-funded PhD studentships 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 Boots, the Local Data Company (LDC) and Transport for West Midlands, commencing September 2017. These awards are open to applicants with backgrounds in quantitative social science and related disciplines, such as geography, social statistics, political science, economics, applied mathematics, planning or sociology. 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: £16,296 for 2016/7. (An enhanced stipend available for an exceptional Advanced Quantitative Methods candidate for the Transport for West Midlands project.)

Further details are available here or contact Sarah Sheppard

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


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

Xanthe Hannah

Vedran Lesic

Ning Lu

Cezara Nicoara

Sonja Perkovic

Eusebio Odiari

Thomas Waddington

University College London

Alistair Leak

Alyson Lloyd

Jens Kandt

Crysanthi Kollia

Kira Kowalska

Radoslaw Kowalski

Nilufer Sari Aslam

Balamurugan Soundararaj

Syed Uddin

Faisal Umar

Anastasia Ushakova

University of Liverpool

Alexandros Alexiou

Alec Davies

Peter Fawcett




Upcoming Opportunities

Co-funded PhD studentships

Partner: Boots, the Local Data Company (LDC) and Transport for West Midlands

Project: Varied