The MRes in Smart Cities focuses on the core research challenges that relate to the infrastructure of smart cities from their operational functions and planning through to management and control and optimisations to explore the notion of a city as a laboratory for innovation. As part of a Masters of Research the course also develops a research toolkit for those intending to go on to either a PhD level degree or into the research element of industry and practice. The research and taught elements develop to provide portfolios of urban simulation which inform future design; to explore and develop technologies around sensing and flows; to create an understanding of smart systems theory and a skill set in quantitative methods, geographic information science and programing.
In common with the MSc, the course reflects the change that technologies are making to the operation and our understanding of the city. It builds on the need for a skill set in programming, spatial data capture and the ability for urban analysis with an understanding of the theory and context to urban systems. The programme is modular consisting of a compulsory dissertation, six mandatory taught modules and one optional module.