Our online courses offer the perfect starting point for a prosperous career in Geographical Information Systems. We are frequently contacted by employers looking for MSc graduates, so connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest GIS job vacancies and opportunities.

Past Students

Our graduates work in areas such as oil and gas, local government, health, consultancy and GIS development, to name but a few. Here’s what our past and current students think about us. Take a look to get an insight into what a career in GIS could mean for you.

Gareth Davies

 “I work for United Utilities (the water / waste water supplier to North West England) and when my company offered me the opportunity to develop my GIS knowledge through further education I decided to apply for the course at Leeds. I can say now that the course did not disappoint. The support I received from the tutors couldn’t have been better and the quality of the materials was superb. As an extra bonus I got to find out about the lives and careers of my fellow students from all over the world and how they apply GIS in their workplace – adding context to the course beyond that which I had expected.

During the course my company was implementing a brand new GIS and this course gave me the tools I needed to successfully deliver that project and contributed to my career development immeasurably. The course was delivered in a flexible timeframe that allowed me to focus on my job at the same time. I have now moved to a new role within the company but still use my GIS skills every day and am considered by my peers to be an expert in this area thanks to the knowledge imparted by this course. If anyone wants to study GIS to a higher level while holding down a job then look no further – this course is for you!”

Edidiong Chioma Amos

“At first, it was like a tall dream… an online degree? With mixed sentiments of self-study and leaving my family to relocate to the UK for a year, the ODL MSc in GIS offered by the University of Leeds couldn’t have come at a better time. It was almost impossible to believe that the program is tailored in a way that suits one’s situation and purpose and is incredibly flexible.

I opted for the Web-based GIS, and I can proudly say this course made me pick interest in JAVA, PHP & HTML. A geographer turned programmer, all thanks to this program! I’ve proudly undertaken projects that involve programming and I’m so thankful that I did not miss this wonderful opportunity. The staff support was incredible. There was never a single moment I felt if I was in the UK, things would have been done differently. The staff are simply wonderful and selfless. Particular thanks go to Helen Durham and Andrew Evans who contributed immensely to the success of my programme.

Not only did I obtain a Master’s degree from Leeds, the university also has given me a tool to work with after studies. Here’s a link to my project site for hospital locations for emergency response in Abuja, Nigeria.”

Michael Allchin

“Having spent nearly twenty years developing software with embedded geospatial capabilities for hydrological applications, I discovered that I had painted myself into a bit of a corner. This led me to seek opportunities for study which would broaden my technical horizons, augment my professional credibility, and ideally open doors to participate more directly in the kind of research I had supported during my career to date.

Any such course would have to offer a range of useful educational insights, delivered by reputable providers , with enough flexibility to suit my continuing commitments, while being accessible from the wilds of rural British Columbia in western Canada (where I live) – yet remain affordable. Finding a match for these criteria did not immediately seem to be a terribly straightforward task! However, I was excited to discover, and subsequently learn more about the structure, organisation and goals of the programme. Yes, there was some adjustment needed with each new module, and it was sometimes an interesting challenge to identify the kind of academic style the ‘online lecturer’ running each of these was looking for without ever meeting any of them in person. However, this was helped by their generally timely and complete responses to e-mail contact, which invariably gave excellent feedback.

It was certainly worth the effort: my chosen speciality stream of remote sensing, with electives in Geocomputation and web-based GIS, furnished me with a range of new insights and capabilities. Having thoroughly enjoyed the scope for intellectual exploration encouraged in the dissertation phase, I subsequently took the plunge into PhD studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. It is a testament to the course’s content that my work has since won awards from the Royal Geographical Society, the Convergence Geospatial Network (University of Laval, Quebec), and ESRI Canada, as well as several university scholarships. I am therefore very pleased to have found, enrolled on, and completed the programme, and would strongly recommend it to anyone seeking a rounded higher education in GIS.”

Graduate Destinations

Our students are employed by a variety of different organisations both in the public and private sector. Here are some examples:

Public Sector

  • DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs)
  • Fire Service of Greece
  • Health Department (Lake County, Illinois)
  • International Labour Organisation of the United Nations
  • Local Government Authorities (Cannock Chase, Hull, Manchester, Poole, Rotherham)
  • Office of National Statistics
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • World Food Program of the United Nations

Private Sector

  • Building Societies (Chelsea, Skipton)
  • Claritas UK
  • Experian
  • Geomarketing Solutions Group
  • IAMGOLD (Argentina)
  • Supermarkets (ASDA, Tesco)
  • Royal Mail
  • Utility Companies (Exeter)