MSc in Geographical Information Management


Program Description


Geographical information management is an exciting and rapidly growing branch of information technology (IT), incorporating satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), to derive information which is essential for the management of the earth’s resources at local, national and global scales.

The management of geographic information is now integral to decision making processes at local, national and international scales. Globally, the rate of spatial data capture has never been greater. The data requires appropriate management to ensure quality, correct usage and robust solutions derived from the data. As one of the UK’s AgriTech centres, we are applying these principles in the realm of digital agriculture to increase the efficiency and sustainability of the agriculture sector. Specialists are required to generate, manage and advise on data use in both the private and public sectors. The Geographical Information Management MSc provides the training required for these specialists.

Who is it for?

Graduates or those with appropriate professional experience who wish to develop solutions or data dissemination tools in the continually changing and growing world of spatial data. Typically students will be:

  • Graduates with science, geography, geology, computing, engineering, agriculture or related degrees keen to pursue careers in geographical information management.
  • Graduates currently working with geographical information, or a related field, who are keen to extend their qualifications.
  • Individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

Course structure

  • Eight taught modules (40%).
  • Group project: Industry-led consultancy project (20%).
  • Individual research project (40%).

Informed by industry

The Geographical Information Management MSc has been developed in collaboration with industry, in response to the increased demand globally for multi-disciplinary managers, advisors and consultants in geographic information. Integration of geospatial technologies is a core theme of the course.

Future career

Successful graduates develop diverse and rewarding careers in the spatial information industry, national and local government, consultancies, utilities and research organisations, addressing issues such as climate change, flood risk assessment, tropical deforestation, transportation, smart navigation systems, disaster response management, recreation, property management and telecommunications. The international nature of this course means that career opportunities are not restricted to the UK.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline; or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

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