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Geographical Information Systems MSc

Geographical Information Systems MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Geographical Information Systems Software (Use) Geographical Information Systems Geography

Course type


Course Summary


This Masters course 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.

Other Study Options

This programme is also 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.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Learning and teaching

The programme manager is Dr Paul Norman.

Teaching will be through workshops, seminars, presentations, practicals and lectures, depending on the modules you choose. We have a dedicated postgraduate computer lab to which you will have 24 hour access and this is the lab used for workshops, practicals, etc.


Assessment is through coursework with no exams.

There is a mix of essays, workbooks / reports. Practical work and assignments are based on the analysis of real world datasets much of which stems from research in which the teaching staff have been involved. Most modules have assessment part way through the semester and then a further assessment at the end.

Career opportunities

Here are some examples of the roles that our recent graduates have gone into:

  • Software Tester, Rock Deformation Research Ltd
  • GIS Analyst and Trainer, The University of Southampton
  • GIS Specialist, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Information Geoscientist, First Quantum Minerals
  • GIS Analyst, RPS Group
  • GIS Analyst, ECOWAS Commission
  • GIS Consultant, UNEP Afghanistan
  • Senior Surveyor, Murphy Surveys

Different course options

Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module gives a complete basic training in computer programming using the Python language. Python is a key programming language for data analysis. On completion of this module, you should have the following skills and knowledge: -Foundation level computer programming for Geographical Information analysts. -Know how to build computer analysis and modelling tools for geographical data. -An understanding of how important elements of computers, such as the Web and file storage work. The module is suitable for those with no experience of programming, or those with experience of other programming languages. The module is an excellent foundation for dissertation projects or work placement modules, and provides training suitable for the module GEOG5080M: Web-Based GIS. The module leads on to Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Advanced Skills, which provides still higher-level training in GIS adaption and computer modelling. Students with pre-existing programming skills may like to look at the advanced module directly, but please discuss pre-requisites with the module convener.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a bachelor degree in geography or a related subject at 2:1 (hons) or its equivalent. Relevant work experience and training courses are viewed positively and are taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade falls below the normal minimum requirement. Students without a background in geography but who have a degree that demonstrates good numeracy and/or computing skills are encouraged to apply. We accept a range of International Qualifications.