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MSc in Geographical Information Systems (online)

Course Description


This innovative programme combines expertise from the universities of Leeds and Southampton, both renowned for their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaching and research. It builds on the University of Leeds’ considerable experience in successfully delivering taught Masters programmes in GIS and draws on the University of Southampton’s expertise in teaching GIS in non-traditional settings.

The programme is designed to meet a wide range of requirements, covering areas of specialisation as diverse as business, environment, health and planning and is well-suited to an international audience.

It offers open distance learning for people working in commercial or public sector organisations, who need core training and skills development, as well as those who simply want to study in their own environment and at their own pace.

You’ll benefit from tutor support and online discussion with fellow-students, and will have access to online resources at both universities.

More information:

The Business, Planning and Developer streams are taught entirely by the University of Leeds, the Health and Remote Sensing streams are taught by the University of Southampton and the Environment stream is taught jointly by both universities. Students who have chosen an environment, health or remote sensing stream will usually complete their dissertation at the University of Southampton and will graduate with a degree from that institution. Otherwise they will graduate with a qualification awarded by the University of Leeds.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate levels.

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

Student Profiles

MSc Geographical Information Systems (Online) Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Geography, University of Leeds, is offering a number of partial fee scholarships for students studying the Masters in Geographical Information Systems (Online) and taking either the Business, Planning or Developer stream in Year 2. If you are awarded the scholarship will receive a reduction of £800 in Year 2 and £600 in Year 3. 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 in Geographical Information Systems (Online), you will be taught by experts in their field who share your passion for the subject.

Value of Scholarship(s)



This scholarship is only available to candidates studying the MSc in Geographical Information Systems via distance learning and taking either the Business, Planning or Developer stream in Year 2. Information about the streams can be found at http://www.gislearn.org/list-of-modules.htm

Application Procedure

Please submit a completed School of Geography Scholarship application by email to [email protected] by the deadline.Applications must be submitted no later than 10 weeks before your Year 2 studies commence, or by deadlines as advertised by the School of Geography (please contact the Admissions Team for upcoming deadlines). These scholarships are only available to self-funding applicants.Please note that decisions on scholarship applications will be made at the end of your Year 1 studies. Scholarships are considered and awarded on a quarterly (3 monthly) basis. If your situation changes (e.g. if you take leave) you will be required to re-submit your scholarship application for consideration in the following round of scholarship allocations.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject. Access to a personal computer with a good, reliable broadband connection. Access to the following software: Adobe Acrobat Reader, an internet browser, Microsoft Office or an equivalent open source package, Windows operating system (2000, XP, Vista or 7, 8 or later). You will also need to buy course-specific software. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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