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Geographical Information Science (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

This programme offers expert understanding of the latest developments in geographical information science (GIS), mixing practical training, theoretical knowledge and an ability to apply learned skills in any software environment.

This programme can be tailored to your interests and career goals, offering hands-on experience in geographical problem solving. A field trip to Perthshire focuses on techniques for capturing geospatial information.

Programme structure

Courses reflecting the industry’s needs prepare you for employment.

Compulsory courses tpyically include*:
•Introduction To Spatial Analysis
•Spatial Modelling
•Research Practice and Project Planning
•Distributed GIS
•GeoVisualisation
•Dissertation

Option courses:

In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses*. We particularly recommend:
•Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
•Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
•Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles
•Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
•Principles of GIS
•Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Sustainable Energy Technologies
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Technologies for Sustainable Energy
•Introduction to 3D Climate Modelling
•Geology for Earth Resources
•Encountering Cities
•Soil Protection and Management
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Advanced Spatial Database Methods
•Data Integration and Exchange
•Data Mining and Exploration
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Forests and Environment
•Further Spatial Analysis
•Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
•ICT for Development
•Integrated Resource Planning
•Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions
•Querying and Storing XML
•Water Resource Management
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Introduction to Environmental Modelling
•Management of Sustainable Development
•GIS and Society
•Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
•Political Ecology
•Epidemiology for Public Health

*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.

Career opportunities

Demand for GIS expertise is growing at an unprecedented rate. The proven ability of our graduates means our internationally recognised programme is held in high regard by employers.

Graduates work worldwide in public and private sector organisations, such as Microsoft, Google, General Electric Aerospace, The World Bank, British Antarctic Survey, The World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Unisys, British Airways, the Forestry Commission, DEFRA and Registers of Scotland.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Head of School Scholarship - GeoSciences - 5 Awards

Three scholarships worth £5,000 towards tuition fees are available to applicants of any nationality. A further two awards covering full tuition fees are available to applicants who are liable for the overseas rate of fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, the international equivalent of a UK 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level. Applicants who have already commenced their programme of study on the closing date are not eligible for this scholarship.Applicants intending to study part-time or online distance learning courses are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Procedure

Please see our website for instructions on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/international/science-engineering/head-of-school-scholarships-geosciences


(Scholarship)

Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee for eligible programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarships will cover the UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Scholarships are available to UK nationals who are permanently domiciled in Scotland, as well as EU nationals (excluding UK nationals) domiciled in the EU or Scotland but not elsewhere in UK. Applicants must be accepted on an eligible full-time or part-time Master’s degree programme beginning in the 2017-2018 academic session. Scholarships cover the full UK/EU rate of fee for the duration of the programme.The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the benefits to the student. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants should complete an online application
This scholarship has two rounds of applications. The first round will close on 2 May 2017; the second on 30 June 2017.Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

Further Information

http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/university-scholarships/sfc-hsw



Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. A UK 2:2, or its international equivalent, may also be accepted with relevant industry experience.

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