GIS Geographic Information Science

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 12.8 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 26.1 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 28, 2024
16 place StudyQA ranking:2076 Duration:1 year

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The GIS (Geographical Information Science) MSc provides an education in the theoretical, scientific and practical aspects of GIS. It prepares students for technical and analytical GIS roles and is in high demand; we have very close links with industry and the majority of our students find employment prior to contemplating their degree.

Students gain a solid grounding in the scientific principles underpinning the computational and analytical foundations of GISc. Our staff are world-leading experts in the areas of programming location-enabled Apps, spatial and 3D databases, big spatio-temporal analytics, citizen science and and human computer interaction, and the MSc therefore is able to offer a wide range of options and specialisations.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core modules

Core modules introduce the theory underpinning GIS, along with programming skills (python) and the basics of spatial analysis and statistcs. You'll learn to critically engage with GIS rather than just pushing buttons - how does the way data is captured and modelled influence the results of your analysis? Do you get the same results from two different GIS packages?  Knowing what is inside the 'black box' means you understand analytical results and their limitations.

  • GIS Principles and Technology
  • Principles of Spatial Analysis
  • Mapping Science
  • Representations, Structures and Algorithms

Optional modules

Term two is where you start to specialise, choosing modules that fit your interests, intended career choice and/or prepare you for your dissertation. At this point you can chose a heavilty technical route (e.g. databases, programming, human computer interaction) a more analytical route (spatio-temporal data mining, network and locational analysis, databases) or a mixture of the two routes. You will need to chose four modules in total.

  • At least 30 credits of optional modules selected from :
  • Geographical Information System Design
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Data Mining
  • Web and Mobile GIS – Apps and Programming
  • Spatial Databases and Data Management
  • Plus no more than 30 credits of optional modules (all term two) selected from :
  • Airborne Data Acquisition
  • Applied Building Information Modelling
  • Network and Locational Analysis
  • Image Understanding
  • Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
  • Positioning
  • Research Methods
  • Terrestrial Data Acquisition

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words. Where appropriate, this may be undertaken in conjunction with one of our many industrial partners, including Arup, Joint Research Centre, British Red Cross, Transport for London.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, practical classes, demonstrations and tutorials, and is supported by a series of external speakers from industry and visits to industrial who give weekly seminars describing how GIS is used in their field as well as what they are looking for when recruiting graduate GIS students. Assessment is through unseen  examinations, group and individual coursework, formal and oral presentations, and the dissertation.

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.

International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)

Eligibility:

Overseas students

Criteria:

Based on both academic merit and financial need

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