Geographical Information Systems - MSc/PGDip


University of Leeds School of Geography

Full time & Part time September MSc, PGDip 12 months full time; 24 months part time

About the course

This Masters degree 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

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject.

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

Students without a background in geography but who have a degree that demonstrates good numeracy and/or computing skills are encouraged to apply.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.


 Course Content


Where is University of Leeds

Student Profile(s)

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.

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