Please note that recruitment to this programme is withdrawn from September 2018. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive information on alternative provision for studying GIS or go to MSc in Geographical Information Science by online distance learning to find out more about our new programme launched in September 2019.
Our courses are designed with working professionals in mind. With four intakes per year and a suite of materials which you can work through in your own time, we offer a flexible schedule of study which can be tailored to meet your needs. We currently offer three programmes of study alongside a number of short courses. Click on the links below for further information:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Geographical Information Science (PgCert, 1 year)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Geographical Information Science (PgDip, 2 years)
- Master of Science in Geographical Information Science (MSc, 3 years)
- Short courses (Non degree, approximately 12 weeks)
Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1)
To obtain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will complete the first year of the MSc programme which is comprised of four core modules. The first three core modules provide knowledge of fundamental concepts and skills in GIS (GEOG5011M Principles of GIS, GEOG5831M Using GIS, and GEOG5891M Spatial Analysis) while the final module (GEOG5811M GIS in the Workplace) provides an opportunity to undertake study that relates directly to ‘real world’ examples and case studies.
Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2)
Once the first year core modules have been completed, you will have the opportunity to choose a specialisation relating to your interests or background (Business, Developer, Environment, Health, Planning or Remote Sensing). Year 2 consists of two modules in the chosen specialisation plus two additional modules of your choice. The Business, Developer and Planning stream are taught entirely by the University of Leeds and the Health, Remote Sensing and Environment stream are taught by the University of Southampton.
Masters of Science (Year 3)
Once Year 1 and Year 2 have been completed, if you wish to continue onto the Masters programme you will be required to undertake an individual programme of original research (the 60 credit GEOG5221M Dissertation) in Year 3. If you have chosen the Health, Environment or Remote Sensing stream you will remain a student at the University of Southampton for your third year and if you are enrolled on the Business, Planning or Developer stream, you will remain at the University of Leeds for your final year. Throughout this year you will be supported and advised by an experienced academic supervisor in your chosen area of research.
Short Courses / CPD
Any single module can be studied as a short course over a period of 12 weeks. These courses cost £850 per module and are ideal if you are looking for a quick introduction to a particular topic or are looking for a course to refresh your skills. Upon successful completion of the assessed work for a short course you will receive 15 Masters level credits. See our full list of modules for further information.
If you are a beginner and looking for an introductory course in GIS we recommend starting with either GEOG5831M Using GIS, for a practical introduction to ArcGIS, or GEOG5011M Principles of GIS, for a theoretical introduction to GIS fundamentals and concepts.
Structure (MSc, PgDip, PgCert)
Individual modules are worth 15 credits and equate to 150 hours of student effort (between 10 and 15 hours per week). Each module runs for approximately 12 weeks allowing workload and effort to be spread evenly throughout the programme of study.
In any 12 month period, you will typically undertake study for 60 credits of work (equivalent to four 15 credit modules), however our courses are extremely flexible so a study schedule can be designed to suit your needs. As a registered student you can take up to 12 months as temporary leave at any one time.
List of Modules
Year 1 is comprised of four modules:
- GEOG5011M Principles of GIS (WUN)
- GEOG5831M Using GIS (WUN)
- GEOG5891M Spatial Analysis (WUN)
- GEOG5811M GIS in the Workplace (WUN)
In Year 2 you will take a further four modules, comprising two from your chosen stream and another two modules of your choice:
- GEOG5931M Applied GIS and Retail Modelling (WUN)
- GEOG5191M Geodemographics and Database Marketing (WUN)
- GEOG5991M Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills(WUN)
- GEOG5871M Web-based GIS (WUN)
Remote Sensing Stream
- JUSO5261M Remote Sensing for Earth Observation (WUN)
- JUSO5251M Topographic Data Analysis Techniques and Applications (WUN)
In Year 3 you will complete an individual research project: