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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) MSc


Course Description

This programme focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides highly qualified and motivated students sought by employers in the sector.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business, health and planning settings, as well as in environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and database systems, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those wanting to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture, spatial analysis and statistical and mathematical modelling. Optional modules allow you to focus on quantitative human geography, environmental applications and programming GIS.

Other Study Options

This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

The programme manager is Dr Paul Norman.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Course content

The programme comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by a dissertation project. The first semester includes three core modules. In the second semester, all modules are optional to allow you to specialise in your chosen pathway. We group our modules thematically so that you can include topics within streams relating to Planning and Society, to Environment and to Technical Development. Optional modules include a highly recommended module in Programming for Geographical Information Analysis.

The dissertation is carried out over the summer months and is an opportunity for you to investigate a topic and demonstrate your ability to apply the techniques you have learned during the course and bring in additional methods, whilst placing the work within appropriate literature contexts. Our aim is to submit the best dissertations for journal publication.

If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of GIS 15 credits
  • Dissertation (GIScience) 60 credits
  • Professional Development 15 credits
  • Using GIS 15 credits
  • Quantitative and Spatial Methods 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Geographical Information Systems MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Geographical Information Systems MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching will be through workshops, seminars, presentations, practicals and lectures, depending on the modules you choose.

Assessment

Assessment is through coursework with no exams. There is a mix of essays and reports, the latter usually based on analysis of real world datasets. Most modules have an assessment part way through the semester and then a further assessment at the end.

Career opportunities

Typical roles undertaken by our recent graduates are:

  • Assistant Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Quality and GIS officer
  • GIS Analyst and Surveying Engineer
  • GIS Project Manager
  • Market Analyst
  • PhD study
  • Researcher
  • Technical Consultant.

Some of the organisations our graduates work for are:

  • Analysis LLP
  • Asda
  • Atkins
  • Callcredit
  • Experian
  • Integrated Skills
  • Intelligent Space Partnership
  • JBA Consulting
  • Makedoniki ETM, Greece
  • MapInfo Ltd
  • The Environment Agency.

Careers support

The School of Geography has a very strong commitment to enhancing student employability. Read more about our employability support.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Visit the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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International Geography Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The School of Geography, University of Leeds, is offering a number of partial fee scholarships for Master students. These scholarships are designed to provide exceptional opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships range from £500 up to £2500 and can only be used as a partial tuition fee payment.Join one of the largest geography departments in the UK where your teaching is enriched and underpinned by internationally recognised
research. We are currently ranked in the UK top five for research power (REF, 2014) and in the UK top 10 for student experience (Times Higher Education, 2015).If you choose to study a Masters at Leeds, you will be taught by experts in their field who share your passion for the subject. You will enjoy a truly international student atmosphere and leave with excellent graduate employment prospects thanks to our strong links with industry.Our programmes reflect the School's research interests across the broad spectrum of physical and human geography:
• MSc Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
• MSc River Basin Dynamics and Management
• MSc Environmental Water Consultancy
• MA Global Urban Justice.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500-2,500

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on the eligble School of Geography Masters programmes for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of international fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

Please submit a completed School of Geography Scholarship application by email to geo-tpg-enq@leeds.ac.uk by the deadline.An automated email response will confirm receipt of the scholarship application, please note that no further correspondence will be sent until the awards have been allocated by a sub-committee of programme leaders led by the Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies in the School of Geography.

Further Information

http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/


(Scholarship)

UK/EU Geography Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The School of Geography, University of Leeds, is offering a number of partial fee scholarships for Master students. These scholarships are designed to provide exceptional opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. The scholarships range from £500 up to £2500 and can only be used as a partial tuition fee payment.Join one of the largest geography departments in the UK where your teaching is enriched and underpinned by internationally recognised
research. We are currently ranked in the UK top five for research power (REF, 2014) and in the UK top 10 for student experience (Times Higher Education, 2015).If you choose to study a Masters at Leeds, you will be taught by experts in their field who share your passion for the subject. You will enjoy a truly international student atmosphere and leave with excellent graduate employment prospects thanks to our strong links with industry.Our programmes reflect the School's research interests across the broad spectrum of physical and human geography:
• MSc Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
• MSc River Basin Dynamics and Management
• MSc Environmental Water Consultancy
• MA Global Urban Justice.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500-2,500

Eligibility

You must first hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of an academic place on the eligble School of Geography Masters programmes for the academic year commencing September 2016, and be designated by the University as being of UK/EU fee status. All applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. A scholarship award cannot be deferred and will lapse if not accepted in September 2016.

Application Procedure

Please submit a completed School of Geography Scholarship application by email to geo-tpg-enq@leeds.ac.uk by the deadline.An automated email response will confirm receipt of the scholarship application, please note that no further correspondence will be sent until the awards have been allocated by a sub-committee of programme leaders led by the Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies in the School of Geography.

Further Information

http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject, e.g. environmental sciences or ecological sciences. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement. If you’re interested in this programme but are unsure if you have the necessary background, please get in touch with us to discuss your position. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component.

Last Updated

10 August 2017

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