This Masters in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography focuses on understanding and managing the locational data required to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with visualisation and map production in a GIS environment. It is the only programme in the UK to have a significant emphasis on cartography; and our focus on the underpinning geomatics aspects and cartographic output is unique among GIS programmes.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24-48 months part-time
• PgDip 9 months full-time; 21-44 months part-time
• PgCert 3.5 months full-time; 9-32 months part-time
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• The MSc in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography is the only programme in the UK that focuses on cartography. The programme has been running since 1963 and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013.
• You will benefit from access to our extensive computer laboratories and the latest software, including ArcGIS and MapInfo for GIS, graphic design packages and remote sensing processing software.
• University of Glasgow
’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2014).
• The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 8th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).
• With a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
• If you are seeking a career in geographic information management or cartography and have little or no academic background in this subject: or if you have a technical/practical background in the subject and are seeking an academic qualification; this programme is designed for you.
• Textbooks for semester 1 courses are included in fees; and you will attend the three-day GIS Research UK conference as part of the programme (included in fees).
Modes of delivery of the MSc in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, fieldwork, project, team work, and attend a GIS conference in the UK.
• Cartographic design and geovisualisation
• Fundamentals of geomatics
• Geospatial data infrastructures and LIS
• Internet and mobile GIS
• Principles of GIS
• Research and professional issues
• Statistical mapping
• Topographic mapping.
• Advanced editing in GIS
• Application development in GIS
• Geospatial data modelling
• Remote sensing
• Terrain modelling
• Use and user issues in cartography and GIS.
• The MSc is available on a full-time basis over a 12 month period, or on a part-time basis over 2 or 3 years. The PG Diploma takes 9 months full-time or 2-3 academic sessions part-time. The PG Certificate takes 4 months full-time or can be spread over 2 academic sessions.
• To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. The MSc and Diploma projects may be undertaken in collaboration with industry (full or part-time).
• This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained problem which can either be research or application oriented.
• The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.
• We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
• You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.
Industry links and employability
• The MSc in Geoinformation Technology and Cartography is a one-year Masters programme aimed at those seeking a career in Geographic Information management or cartography. The focus of the course is on understanding and managing the locational data underpinning Geographic Information Systems (GIS), visualisation and map production in a GIS environment.
• In addition to studying the main theoretical aspects of geographic information science and cartography, you will gain practical skills in using and developing GIS, supported by an understanding of coordinate systems, transformations and geospatial data infrastructures.
• You will benefit from significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and visits to company offices. Projects may be carried out in conjunction with industry.
• You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific and professional literature, computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.
• This programme, if fully completed with the award of an MSc, is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
• This course is available full or part time and it is also possible to study for a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.
Career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors and there is currently high demand for GIS skills. Positions include cartographer with map publishing company, government agency, or private service agency; GIS specialist, ranging from support in large corporations (banking, insurance, retail), environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies; mapping specialist with software house or geoinformation data provider. GIS Officer, Dundee City Council, Dundee, UK.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
• GIS Cartographer at Arcus Renewable Energy Consulting
• GIS Operator at Scottish Water
• GIS Analyst at Forth GIS
• GIS Cartographer at L&M Surveys
• Cartographer at Harper-Collins Cartographic
• GIS Analyst at Arcus
• GIS Analyst at Natural Power
• Estates Technical Surveyor at North Ayrshire Council.
Normally an Honours degree in a relevant field such as geography, earth or environmental science, planning, mathematics, or civil engineering, but other subjects will be considered. The programme requires some basic mathematical competence and a pass at Scottish Higher, GCE or equivalent in mathematics is recommended. Significant use is made of computers and IT, but there is no specific entry requirement.Entry without standard academic qualifications, or with technical qualifications in geomatics for those with significant practical experience in related employment, will be considered on an individual basis.