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Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Management (MSc/PGDip)

This course provides training in geographical information systems (GIS) and in particular their application to a variety of environmental settings. If you want to develop your skills in this area, this is the course for you.

The programme is ideally suited to GIS analysts, decision-makers and managers since it will provide hands-on experience of how to use a variety of GIS systems (ArcViewTM, ARCGISTM, MapInfoTM) in real-world settings.

Students are also able to select more specialist training relevant to their interests and expertise.

The course aims to enhance your previous understanding and use of geographical information systems but it is also suitable for those who have no previous training in GIS.

By the end of the course, you will have developed high level abilities to apply GIS within environmental management, have an in-depth understanding of the functionality of GIS and be critically aware of the potential and limitations of GIS.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).


All students study five core modules. You will also choose option modules, allowing you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

Core modules

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Applications in GIS 
  • Dissertation

Option modules

  • Applied Remote Sensing
  • Active Remote Sensing: Radar and Lidar in the Geo-Sciences
  • Planning Theory
  • Policy and Implementation in Town Planning
  • Management of People and Organisations
  • Advanced Ecology Field Skills
  • Environmental Placement Module
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Independent Study Module
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Air Quality Management
  • Issues in Ecology and Conservation
  • Hydrogeology
  • Case Studies in Environmental Assessment
  • Systems for Environmental Management
  • Environmental Assessment in Practice
  • Water Resource Management
  • Water Treatment Technology
  • Wastewater Treatment Technology
  • Water Quality Analysis
  • Principles in Sustainable Construction


Brighton's graduates are highly sought after by employers.

The course will provide opportunities to join a wide range of companies as a GIS expert. Recent graduates are building careers in organisations including:

  • GIS consultancies: South Coast GIS and Ambiental
  • Environmental consultancies: Groundsure, Argyll Environmental, Hyder Consulting
  • East Sussex District Council
  • Southern Water
  • TNT Courier

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). 

Visit the Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Management (MSc/PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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