There are two MSc programmes in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at Kingston:
* Applied Geographical Information Systems MSc a mixed mode course with an 'applications' focus, which is taught partly by distance learning and partly in class
* Geographical Information Systems and Science MSc taught entirely by distance learning using our online course materials (the duration of this course is a minimum of two years and maximum of 6 years)
The two MSc programmes in GIS both operate within Kingston University's modular course system, each comprising eight taught modules and a research project. The courses have been designed to provide a flexible learning environment to suit all needs, whether you prefer face-to-face contact or are currently in employment and wish to take a non-contact course to study in your own time.
What will I study?
The GIS MSc programmes at Kingston University provide the high quality education needed to meet the needs of users of geotechnology or those seeking to enter a career in GIS. Students will gain a high level of competency in the principles of GI Science and the use of geotechnology; they will be able to routinely use professional software for data acquisition, handling, exploration and mapping.
Knowledge and skills in spatial analysis and spatial databases will provide students with the skills to develop GIS in addition to working with GIS in a range of environments for crime mapping, health analysis, hurricane prediction, 3d modelling and animation and many more.
The GIS MSc programmes have a number of key overarching features. You will:
* develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles of GI science and the use of geotechnology;
* understand the conceptual foundations of geographical information handling;
* effectively handle spatial entities for data transformations, generalisation and aggregation;
* develop competency in analytical operations, methods and spatial analyses;
* effectively implement principles of map design and graphical representation techniques;
* understand spatial database systems and application design;
* perform storage and retrieval operations, work with alternative data models, 3D modelling and advanced visualisation;
* explore the role of GIS in society including organisational and institutional aspects;
* study a range of themes in geography and environmental science; and
* prepare yourself for employment, career advancement, further research and lifelong learning by developing your intellectual, problem solving, technical and other key professional and academic skills.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. For more information, visit the Centre for GIS.
* Geographical Information Fundamentals
* Spatial Information Analysis and Modelling
* Contemporary Issues in GIS
* Digital Mapping
* Spatial Databases
* Research Methods and Data Analysis
* Research Methods
Applied GIS option modules (choose three)
* Biodiversity and Conservation
* Geoweb Applications
* GIS and Hazards
* Mobile GIS
* Mineral and Energy Resources
* Remote Sensing of the Environment
* Sustainable Environmental Management
* Water Resource Management
* Waste Management and Contaminated Land Remediation
GI Systems and Science option modules (choose two)
* Remote Sensing
* Geodemographic Analysis
* Spatial Databases
* Mobile GIS
* GIS and Health
* GIS Programming
* GIS and Hazards
* Location Enabled Web Applications
* Location Enabled Web Services
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Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.