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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Geographical Information Systems

Course Description

The UNIGIS courses all provide a good grounding in Geographical Information Systems, Science and Technology, but each has a different focus. Geographical Information Systems provides a broad introduction to the major aspects of contemporary GIS. Applied GIS is focused more on the application of GIS and Geographical information, in the human and natural environments. Geographical Information Technologies looks at the various technologies that underpin GI solutions.

Key benefits:

• UNIGIS UK combines the teaching and research expertise of staff from two UK universities (Salford and Manchester Metropolitan).
• Widely known by employers for being relevant and up to date.
• Flexible course delivery, web-based distance learning part-time, to fit round work commitments

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/geographical-information-systems

Suitable for

The three UNIGIS courses are largely for UK and international graduates already working with GIS who wish to broaden their understanding and further develop their skills. However, those wanting to study GIS in order to change career paths are also catered for, irrespective of prior knowledge of GIS

Programme details

The application of GIS is growing rapidly, which opens up a range of opportunities for graduates of this course. As a UNIGIS student you will be joining an extensive community with representatives in over 30 countries. By selecting from the range of taught modules available in the second year, you will effectively determine which of the three MSc degrees you will be awarded; Geographical Information Systems; Applied Geographical Information Systems or Geographical Information Technologies.


The courses are taught in part-time distance learning mode ONLY over a period of three years. The first two years are spent on taking taught modules and the third year is for your MSc dissertation and project. The courses start in September each year.

Module titles

• Foundations of GIS
• Spatial Data Infrastructures
• Databases
• Methods in GIS
• Environmental Applications of GIS
• Remote Sensing for GIS Applications
• Social Applications of GIS
• For Geographical Information Systerms
• MSc Project and Dissertation

Select two modules from:

• Distributed GIS
• Environmental Applications of GIS
• Remote Sensing for GIS Applications
• Social Applications of GIS
• Spatial Databases and Programming

For Geographical Information Technologies, there are two compulsory modules:

• Distributed GIS
• Spatial Databases and Programming


All the UNIGIS programmes are assessed by 100% coursework.

Career potential

The UNIGIS programmes are particularly suited to those who wish to develop their GIS skills further to gain promotion, but many students use them as a way to get into GIS. Employment prospects are wide and include: analysts/programmers, cartographers/surveyors, consultants, GIS specialists, information technology/ information systems, lecturing, marketing, oil exploration, planning and project management.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Geographical Information Systems page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are those set by MMU:Applicants should normally possess a relevant hours degree. Applicants with an HND and relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience in a relevant specialized field will also be considered on an individual basis.

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