Why Choose Kingston?Kingston University
offered the first GIS undergraduate degree in the world in 1989, followed by several MSc and PhD research degrees. Today, Kingston is considered the UK's foremost centre for GIS education and training, with one of the largest GIS programmes in Europe. This course provides a high level of competency in the principles of GI science and the use of geotechnology, as well as the skills to routinely use professional software for data acquisition, handling, exploration and mapping. Kingston University
is recognised within the industry as a premier provider of GIS education with our graduates having amongst the highest employment rates.
Fieldwork is an important part of our teaching.
What will you study?
The course covers the principles of GI science and geotechnology and the foundations of geographical information handling.
You will learn how to handle spatial entities for data transformations, generalisation and aggregation, and will develop competency in analytical operations, methods and spatial analyses. You will have the chance to implement principles of map design and graphical representation techniques, and will gain an understanding of spatial database systems and application design. You will also perform storage and retrieval operations, and work with alternative data models, 3D modelling and advanced visualisation.
The course is taught partly in distance-learning mode and partly in traditional classroom mode or entirely in distance-learning mode.
**Please note that Esri ArcGIS is used in several core modules. Students outside the UK and Ireland will need to use their own licensed copy of the software. Student licences are available for most countries at £100.**
Coursework, projects, presentations, exams, online tests, online group work.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list:
Data Modelling and Analysis (distance learning)
Research Methods and Techniques
Research Project (Dissertation)
GIS for People and Environments
Spatial Data and the World-wide Web
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
We encourage applications from overseas students for the distance-learning Geographical Information Systems and Science MSc. However, instruction is in English so students will still be required to have the English language qualifications above.
Good honours degree awarded by a British or approved overseas university. Normally the degree level should be at second-class honours level or higher and contain one or more aspects from the GIS, Geographical, Earth, Environmental, Computer or Biological Sciences as the major field(s) of study; or for those without formal undergraduate qualifications, be able to demonstrate extensive work experience or career development in the field of GIS. All applicants will be expected to show strong ability and motivation to work at MSc level and, crucially, a commitment to the discipline of GI Science and Systems.