The level of tuition fees will be confirmed each year. Our current fees are:

  • Year 1 PgC (£3200)
  • Year 2 PgDip (£3200)
  • Year 3 MSc (£1600)

Total cost for the MSc = £8000

Please note that up to 3 modules can be taken on an individual basis. The cost of an individual module is currently £850.

Fees are paid on an annual basis and can be split into two installments, one installment paid upon registration and one installment paid six months later.

Additional Costs

In addition to the course fees, there are some additional costs that must be paid separately, for example, software and textbook costs. If you are enrolling onto one of our programmes you must purchase a copy of ArcGIS Desktop and SPSS software. If you are living in the UK and Ireland (regardless of your nationality) you can purchase ArcGIS Desktop V.10.x for a small fee from the University IT Sales Shop (or via the University of Southampton if registered on its pathways).

If you live outside of the UK (regardless of your nationality) you must obtain a student version of ArcGIS V.10.x including Spatial Analyst from your local ESRI office. You are advised to investigate software costs BEFORE you apply as there appears to be no standard price from country to country.

Alternatively, if you are studying a short course you may wish to obtain a free trial (180 day license) by purchasing one of these two textbooks (from Amazon or a local dealer):

  • Gorr, W.L. and Kurland, K.S. GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook
  • Ormsby, T. Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop

Ensure your copy is for ArcGIS Desktop version 10 or later.

Regardless of where you are based, you can purchase a copy of SPSS for a small fee from the University IT Sales Shop.


We offer a number of scholarships each year to the value of £1,400 which can be used to partially cover programme fees. The scholarships are available for self-funded students studying towards the full MSc in GIS (three years) and the discount will be spread over Year 2 and Year 3. Unfortunately we are unable to offer financial support to students studying towards the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

Students applying for a scholarship must choose a Leeds stream in Year 2 (the Business, Planning or Developer stream). Scholarships are competitive and are awarded based on your progress in Year 1 of the programme. You can apply for a scholarship either by completing the application form and uploading this alongside your application to the programme or by emailing it to a member of the ODL team towards the end of your Year 1 studies. Applicants are encouraged to approach their employers for sponsorship in the first instance.