The Geographical Information Management programme is unique in providing a balanced coverage of the key GIS technologies. The course is taught to small groups by experts and the ratio of staff to students is one of the best available anywhere. Courses are not isolated from the real world and many are supported by research groups working on cutting-edge programmes. Our aim is to prepare you, whether coming from university or industry, for a challenging career in one of the growing range of industrial and research sectors that now routinely make use of the GI technologies. To enable this you will need to develop specialist skills, acquire experience of spatial problem solving and develop a range of personal skills.
This programme includes an individual research thesis which provides an opportunity to study a problem in some detail, whilst some of the courses also include a group design project allowing the realism of industrial projects to be introduced. The course is offered in a modular form to facilitate a part-time mode of study.
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.
The early part of the Geographical Information Management programme is structured around a series of taught modules consisting of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes taken during the autumn and spring. Each module forms the sole unit of study for a period of two weeks. The course examination is sat during January. An opportunity to undertake a project in the style of a consultancy is offered on the full-time programme and is conducted from February to May. The period May to August is devoted to an individual project. Additionally, the taught component of the programme is supported by visits and seminars. The individual modules are linked through case studies and practical work so that different aspects of the geographical information technologies are integrated.
The Group Project experience during the course is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. It provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a consultancy-type project while working under academic supervision.
The project involves the application and integration of component technologies:
- GPS and remote sensing
- field methods, and statistical analysis to produce quality-assured innovative solutions.
The Individual Project is either industrially- or University-driven. Students select the individual project in consultation with the course team. It provides the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability, the ability to think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in relation to the management of the earth's resources. It also offers students the opportunity to work with the types of organisation they will be seeking employment with on successful completion of the course.
This course comprises 8 modules, a group project and an individual project.
Aerial Photography and Digital Photogrammetry
Spatial Data Management
Image Processing and Analysis
Physical Principles of Remote Sensing
Advanced GIS Methods
Environmental Resource Survey
Spatial Data and the Internet
Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%*
Individual project: 40%
*For part-time students a dissertation can replace the group project.
Successful students develop diverse and rewarding careers in the spatial information industry, national and local government, consultancies, utilities and research organisations. The international nature of this course means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK. Cranfield graduates develop careers around the world. Recent data shows that 90% of our graduates find employment within the geographic information sector or academic research.
Cranfield is the leading British University in terms of income generated from industrially and commercially-funded research. The applied GIS and related research our staff undertake is fed back into our GIS teaching programmes, thereby ensuring all students who complete the Geographical Information Management programme are equipped at the leading edge. The courses offered are internationally recognised by employers across the scientific, industrial and educational communities.
Previous students have entered many forms of employment. Graduates follow careers in the consulting industry or with government research establishments. Others go on to join university research and teaching departments. Some are successfully running their own companies.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/geographical-information-management.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.