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Master of Science - MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Course Description


The programme of Master of Science in Applied Geographic Information Systems (hereafter MSc in Applied GIS), a single-degree coursework Master’s programme hosted in Department of Geography at NUS, is designed to reflect the cutting-edge technologies and latest developments in GIS and its applications with the reputation of NUS Geography as one of the top 10 geography departments around the world. This innovative programme provides an exciting opportunity for the prospective students to study at NUS, the top university in Asia, as a pathway to a PhD or further practical career in applied GIS or related disciplines.

We offer two tracks of training (Thesis Track and Project Track). The Thesis Track includes a research thesis component, which covers thesis preparation and the GIS research thesis itself. It aims to attract students with interests in applied GIS research and developing their research skills. The Project Track includes a GIS project component. It is designed for students who require practical GIS skills or an upgrade to their existing GIS expertise to progress their careers.


Those who currently use or who wish to use GIS and its applications to their full extent will find the programme useful. Applications cover, but certainly not limited to, spatial assessment and management of natural resources, environmental/disaster monitoring and assessment, demographic analysis, public health, forensic sciences, transportation and urban planning, and business marketing.

Working professionals looking to deepen their skills in applied GIS or broaden their horizon outside their current field can leverage on this programme to boost career prospects in the GIS industry. The part-time study scheme allows working professionals the flexibility to balance study with work and personal commitments.


Full-time students will study over three semesters, which start in Semester 1 (August–November), continue in Semester 2 (January–April), and end in Semester 3 (May–July). Students will take modules during the first two semesters and produce a thesis (for Thesis Track) or a project report (for Project Track) during the third semester.

Under normal circumstances, the period of candidature is 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course. The maximum period of candidature for both tracks of the MSc Programme is 24 months of full-time study or 36 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course, inclusive of approved leave of absence and medical leave. Leave of absence of up to one year will not be counted towards a candidate’s maximum candidature. Subsequent leave will be considered as part of the candidature.


The graduation requirements for both Thesis Track and Project Track are as follows:

(a) Thesis Track: students are required to complete six core modules and any two elective modules.
(b) Project track: students are required to complete five core modules and any four elective modules.

See more detailed requirements at the website: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/geog/graduates/MSc_Applied_GIS.html


The Programme is structured to prepare students with applied GIS skills for carrying out research (Research Track) or for addressing industry needs (Project Track). It consists of core compulsory modules that provide trainings in fundamental GIS skills and basic applications, and elective modules that provide insights into specialized GIS applications in fields such as transportation, urban informatics, and environmental management. For the detailed information of the modules in the programme, please refer to "Modules" tab on the website(http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/geog/graduates/MSc_Applied_GIS.html#ps).


The tuition fee for AY2016-2017 intake is S$30,000 (inclusive of GST) for the entire programme for all students on the MSc irrespective of nationality. A non-refundable deposit of S$2,000, which counts toward the tuition fee, is due upon acceptance of the admission offer to the programme. Other fees payable follow the prevailing rates set by the University( http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/prospective/grad/coursework/fees.html).


The application deadline is 15 January every year (to begin in August). For August 2016 admission, the application period is from 1 November 2015 to 15 January 2016. You are encouraged to apply online via the NUS Graduate Admission System here: https://inetapps.nus.edu.sg/GDA2/Home.aspx

Visit the Master of Science - MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS) page on the National University of Singapore website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the thesis or project tracks of the MSc must minimally have obtained a good Bachelors degree in the subject or related field, and with a minimum of one year of relevant work experience or such other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.Please see specific details of the entry requirement on the official website. View Website

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