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  Geographical Information Systems - MSc/PGDip

University of Leeds    School of Geography

Full time & Part time September PGDip, MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Computer Science (8) Geography (17) Geology (18)

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Embark on a transformative journey with the Geographical Information Systems MSc/PGDip programme at the University of Leeds. Dive into the world of GIS, a field crucial to various industries, from urban planning to government agencies. This programme delves deep into the scientific, technical, and computational aspects of GIS and GIScience, offering a comprehensive curriculum tailored to equip you with the skills sought after by employers globally. With flexible study options, including full-time and part-time pathways, you can tailor your learning experience to fit your lifestyle. Explore core modules in GIS packages and database systems, spatial analysis, and statistical skills, followed by optional modules focusing on quantitative human geography, environmental applications, and GIS programming. The dissertation project allows you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues, enhancing your research skills. To qualify, a 2:1 bachelor's degree in a relevant subject is required, along with a passion for geospatial data and computing. Join a community of successful alumni and unlock diverse career opportunities in sectors such as engineering, consultancy, and government agencies. Elevate your career prospects with the Geographical Information Systems programme at Leeds and become a sought-after GIS expert in today's data-driven world.

About the course

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have become a crucial part of society, benefitting a wide range of industries. From supply chain management to insurance, urban planning to government agencies, the scope of GIS software is huge – and is only going to keep growing. This is why corporations worldwide are looking for qualified GIS experts to bring together the geospatial data that’ll help inform their future strategies and decision

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as geography, earth or environmental science, economics or a social science, mathematics, computer science or other subjects where good numeracy and/or computing skills can be demonstrated.

Relevant work experience and professional training courses are viewed positively and are taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade falls below the normal minimum requirement.


UK: £13,000 (Total)
International: £29,000 (Total)

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Leeds


Student Profile

Yunyi Zhang

I interned at Geolytix, which is a company specialising in location planning, providing bespoke data-driven solutions and strategies for retail clients worldwide, to optimise their business and network.

I applied for this internship as my interest in spatial data and location planning grew through the GIS course I attended at University of Leeds. My duties mainly included creating and updating datasets of retail stores across Asia, as well as mall based web research. It gave me an opportunity to take responsibility early on because further analysis was based on the datasets produced. I engaged in various projects and completed different tasks, through which I advanced my professional skills, gained first-hand experience, as well as insight into the industry while working with super friendly and supportive people. It was an enriching experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Studying GIS at the University of Leeds improved my competency to start working and thrive. The modules were designed to not only equip us with practical skills that could be applied to a professional career, but also gave a relevant insight into real-world location planning and analysis. I found it much easier to grasp new concepts, work efficiently with large volume of data and understand different drivers of retail store performance. Besides, I also gained transferable skills at university that helped me in the workplace such as initiative, time-management and the ability to adapt quickly.

In addition, through my job search and application, university professors and career centre advisors provided invaluable advice and support which I was very grateful for. I also had access to sufficient resources at university including career guides and vacancies that were helpful for career starters.


These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 50% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

Eligible courses:
Geographical Information Systems MSc

Eligibility criteria:
To be considered for the scholarship you must:

be classified as an International student for tuition fee purposes

have applied for 2023/2024 entry for a Masters programme included in the eligible courses section

be a self-funding student

demonstrate an excellent academic track record, and be predicted to achieve or have achieved a Bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), based on the criteria used by the School for offer purposes, or equivalent

show excellent professional and personal skills evidenced through work experience and/or extracurricular activities

demonstrate the potential to contribute to the social and cultural diversity of our Masters programmes and student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fee reduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

Apply now by completing the online form. Please note that you will require your University of Leeds Application ID to proceed.

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