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Geographical Information Science MSc

Geographical Information Science MSc

Start date: September 2019
Duration/Mode: 36 months distance learning
Entry requirements: A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject e.g. geography, computer science, geology, earth science, environmental studies or other appropriate physical/computer science subject. See course page for full entry requirements.
Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in listening, speaking and reading and 6.5 in writing.

Course overview

This part-time, distance learning Masters course will provide you with in-depth and specialist knowledge of GIS techniques. You will focus on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business and environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and a range of data sources/techniques, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those keen to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including Big Data with advanced visualisation, digital image processing, and geodemographics.

Students studying year one only are eligible for a PG Cert, years one and two lead to a PG Diploma, and students completing all three years are eligible for the award of MSc GISc.

Geographical Information Science MSc

Course content

The overall aim of this programme is to provide students with an engaging open distance learning opportunity, which combines specialist analytical modules spanning human/physical geography and technical skills. It will provide core GIScience skills training followed by specialist skill development in a range of contemporary domains as selected by the student and an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent original GIScience research under the guidance of a research leader.

In year one, you will study a foundational year of four compulsory modules covering core concepts and technical skills in GIScience. After completing these modules, you will be eligible to graduate with a postgraduate certificate.

In year two, you will be required to study four 15 credit modules from a selection of optional modules. You may choose to focus on developing your technical skills further with modules covering Big Data or digital image processing or you may choose from applied modules covering business and planning, environment, and geodemographics.

In year three, you will work with your supervisor to complete a 60 credit independent research project – a chance to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained and specialise in an area that relates to your career ambitions and interests. This project is one of the most satisfying elements of the course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

We’re ranked top 20 in the world for Geography, according to the QS World University Rankings 2018.

Visit the Geographical Information Science MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Geographical Information Science MSc


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