MSc in Geographical Information Systems

University of Leeds, School of Geography

Program Description

MSc in Geographical Information Systems

University of Leeds, School of Geography

This programme focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides highly qualified and motivated students sought by employers in the sector.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business, health and planning settings, as well as in environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and database systems, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those wanting to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture, spatial analysis and statistical and mathematical modelling. Optional modules allow you to focus on quantitative human geography, environmental applications and programming GIS.

Additional Information

This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

Course content

The programme comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by a dissertation project. The first semester includes three core modules. In the second semester, all modules are optional to allow you to specialise in your chosen pathway. We group our modules thematically so that you can include topics within streams relating to Planning and Society, to Environment and to Technical Development. Optional modules include a highly recommended module in programming for geographical information analysis.

The dissertation is carried out over the summer months and is an opportunity for you to investigate a topic and demonstrate your ability to apply the techniques you have learned during the course and bring in additional methods, whilst placing the work within appropriate literature contexts. Our aim is to submit the best dissertations for journal publication.

If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of GIS
  • Dissertation
  • Using GIS
  • Quantitative and Spatial Methods

Optional modules

  • GIS and Environment
  • Geographical Information and Planning
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Advanced Skills
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Work Placement/Research Placement (GIS)
  • Web-based GIS
  • Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills


Assessment is through coursework with no exams. There is a mix of essays and reports, the latter usually based on analysis of real world datasets. Most modules have an assessment part way through the semester and then a further assessment at the end.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
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6,750 GBP
United Kingdom - Leeds, England
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