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MSc Applied GIS

Course Description

About the course

Our MSc Applied GIS will provide you with the mix of technical skills, practical experience and theoretical understanding you need to launch a successful career in the fields of GIS, applied policy research or spatial data analysis.

You’ll develop a wide variety of knowledge in areas such as advanced spatial analysis, geovisualisation, policy applications of GIS in practice, and thematic mapping and cartogram creation.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates work in planning, real estate and related professions with private sector planning and real estate consultants, local authorities, policy analysts and international development and design agencies.

How we rate

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) says we’re the best RTPI-accredited planning school in the UK. 85 per cent of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ ‘internationally excellent’ with ‘outstanding impacts’.

How we teach

Nothing is more important to us than your career. We work closely with industry to make sure our courses are up-to-the-minute and relevant so you’ll learn the skills you need to make it to the top in your chosen profession.

You’ll go on site visits and and take part in exercises that simulate real global challenges. Past field trips have included trips to London, Seoul, Cairo and Istanbul. We also organise work placements with planning agencies.

There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials. You’re assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

Autumn semester

Core modules: Quantitative Analysis 1; Applications of GIS; Open Source GIS; Spatial Data Analysis.

Spring semester

Core modules: Research Proposal for Applied GIS; Advanced GIS Methods; The Professional GIS Project.

Examples of optional modules

Quantitative Analysis 2; Transport Planning; Issues in Housing, Regional Governance and Policy.

Visit the MSc Applied GIS page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Emma Holgate

3410.jpg I enjoyed all aspects of the MSc as everything we were taught was new and interesting. Every lecture and practical involved a new method or piece of software to explore and was always presented using a new data source, which really kept things interesting. I particularly enjoyed learning about open source GIS and data, which is largely untaught in undergraduate courses.

The course leaders online presence was also really useful in terms of identifying key people in the industry and I was inspired by this to start my own GIS blog. Getting involved in the GIS community can be really helpful for networking, inspiration and advice. As part of this course we also had the opportunity to attend the ESRI UK conference which allowed us to gain a better understanding of the industry and was also a great day out for the group. Throughout the whole course there was a strong emphasis on us gaining as much knowledge as possible about GIS whilst providing us with the skills necessary for employment.

I really enjoyed the GIS and statistics modules I took as an undergraduate and wanted to see where the skills I held in those areas could take me. The Applied GIS MSc really appealed to me because of the emphasis on applying these skills to real world issues and not just in learning the technical methods. I was also really interested in gaining new skills in software other than ArcGIS and, particularly, in open source software.

Overall the course really fit with how I wanted to progress in the field and I was confident it would help me get to where I wanted to be in the future.


Entry Requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience). You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity. English language requirements: IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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