School of GeoSciences


Entry criteria: you should have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent if outside the UK. Applicants holding a UK 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent), but with industrial / business experience will also be considered. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Application Form

Your application should be submitted online.

On the form you are encouraged to write a personal statement and to include information on relevant knowledge and training skills. Please ensure you complete these as full as possible, including details of why you have applied to study this programme, details of your computer programming experience and details of any experience you have in the use of GIS, statistical analysis or database management systems.

Supporting Documents

When you complete the online form you have the opportunity to upload the following supporting documents:

  1. Two academic references
  2. Copies of transcripts and certificates of your academic and professional qualifications (with official translations if these are not in English)
  3. Your Curriculum Vitae
  4. Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language.

Your academic referees will need a copy of the Referee Guidance Note.

Referee Guidance Notes and templates

We accept various types of evidence of English language proficiency, including an IELTS or TOEFL certificate.

English Language Proficiency guidance

Research Proposal

If you are applying to study the MSc GIS research programme or the MSc GIS and Society research programme, you must submit a 1 - 2 page research proposal outlining:

  • the proposed research topic and its aims
  • the relevance to current scholarship
  • the proposed methodology
  • the probable resource requirements (indication only)
  • why this topic is of interest to you in terms of your experience to date
  • a short literature review

Waiting Lists

Early application is advised, as the programme is very popular and we receive high numbers of good quality applications.

There is no formal closing date and applications are considered continuously from October of the year preceding the start of the programme.

We will try to inform applicants as early as possible if they have successfully obtained a place. Where there is a great demand for places, a waiting list system may operate. If an applicant is placed on a waiting list we will inform you as early as possible when a place becomes available.

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Apply online using the University degree finder.