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Geographical Information Science (MScR)


Course Description

Research profile

This is a world-class programme, offering a unique educational opportunity. We aim to develop and improve understanding of the field of Geographical Information Science (GIS) by mixing strong practical skills with fundamental theoretical knowledge that supports the application of GIS skills in any software environment.

The MSc by Research degree is perfect for students wanting to pursue more in-depth research. It allows those with a strong background in GIS the flexibility to widen their expertise through taking optional courses in other disciplines, such as informatics, alongside developing their dissertation.

This intensive programme produces excellent students with sound theoretical knowledge underpinning practical application and 'hands on' experience in geographical problem solving.

The School has the largest geoscience research group in the UK, with about 370 academics and researchers. The ambition and quality of our research was reflected in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, where 66% of our research was rated within the top two categories: world-leading and internationally excellent.

All research students are affiliated to a research institute, which provides a forum for the development of ideas, collaboration, and dissemination of results, and an environment for training, development and mentoring of research students and early-career researchers. Our research institutes each have a very active seminar series drawing distinguished external guests as well as internal speakers, and you will be encouraged to attend and participate.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.


Global Environment & Society Academy: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/global-environment-society

Visit the Geographical Information Science (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Applicants holding a 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, and industrial or business experience will also be considered.

Course Fees

Home/EU: £7000 Overseas: £22,500 APCs: £500


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