The Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies offers an advanced and flexible Master's degree in Geographic Information Science (GISc) for professionals and researchers who work with (or those who wish to work with) geographically referenced data. The course covers the philosophical, scientific, social, policy, environmental and technological issues associated with the use of geographic information in an international context, building on the department’s experience in teaching GISc at postgraduate level for over 20 years.
This course will introduce you to the principles and applications of GISc at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of GISc, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use. The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Designed for those without previous Geographic Information Science (GISc) experience, or for those with some experience who want to develop their theoretical and practical knowledge. Brings our long-term tradition of GISc teaching to students who value face-to-face support. Teaching team includes external collaborators: researchers, private GISc consultants, and GISc professionals working in private industry and public bodies. Learning resources include a virtual learning environment, GIS software (ArcGIS, free to UK-based students, and IDRISI, available at student rates), GIS practicals (ESRI Virtual Campus, IDRISI and selfcontained) and e-library facilities. We offer student support and have a range of research resources.
Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
- Why did you choose Birkbeck? Birkbeck is an ideal institution for people who want to pursue world-class higher education while keeping their jobs. I thought it was great to have such flexibility when you don't need to ask days off to attend classes. Also, knowing that Birkbeck is a highly reputable and worldwide recognised research and evening teaching university made my decision where to study really easy. Who wouldn't want to be taught and influenced by professionals and reputable researchers?
I was also happy with the modules university offered as part of the BSc Environmental Management course. I have now received a scholarship from Birkbeck to continue my studies in Birkbeck doing a Masters, which confirmed studying here was one of the best choices I’ve made in my life.
- What did you enjoy about the course? I loved all the modules but especially field trips to various beautiful places in UK. I have witnessed various environmental problems in reality which has extended my learning beyond books. I had such an amazing experience and enjoyable time during the three years of my BSc Programme. Lecturers were and are more than amazing and really helpful.
- Is there anything on the course that inspired you? It inspired me to learn more! Probably my choice to continue my studies and do the Master’s in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was inspired by GIS modules taken during my Environmental Management course. Something clicked in me, it felt that this is what I want to do in my near future: environment with geographic information systems works perfectly for me.
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Bursary
Applications are invited for one 'Postgraduate Taught' Bursary worth £6,000, to be awarded to a candidate with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School's 'Postgraduate Taught' programmes.This competition is open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for either a full-time or part-time MA/MSc place in the departments listed below; the competition is also open to students who are applying to the Department of Philosophy and the degree of M.Phil. Stud. Philosophy.This £6,000 award is in the form of a bursary (i.e., there is no 'fee waiver' but the bursary may be used towards payment of fees). If awarded to a part-time student, the bursary will be paid for two years of PGT study.Please note that in order to apply for funding you must also complete an application for a place at Birkbeck on an MA/MSc programme within the School of SSHP or the MPhil. Stud. in the Department of Philosophy, either before or at the same time as applying for funding.Prospective studentsCandidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
Value of Scholarship(s)
This competition is open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for either a full-time or part-time MA/MSc place in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy; the competition is also open to students who are applying to the Department of Philosophy and the degree of M.Phil. Stud. Philosophy.This competition is open to new students only.
Before you apply, you should contact the relevant department for advice.
Once you have identified a relevant programme, you will need to:
Apply online for the relevant MA/MSc or MPhil. Stud. (Dept. of Philosophy) degree in the normal way
Download the SSHP Postgraduate Taught Bursary Application Form Word icon
The SSHP Studentship application form should be returned to Jane Halstead, Assistant School Manager, via the following email address:
Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time)
We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16 Domiciled in the UK/EU Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time
If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:
Submit an application for your intended course Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme
A second-class honours degree in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline. Some experience with a GIS is desirable. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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