School of GeoSciences

GIS by research

The MSc programmes in GIS aim to provide an intensive educational opportunity designed to equip students for either a career in the Geographical Information industry or for further research.




About the programme

The Masters Geographical Information Science (GIS) programmes are top world-class degrees, offering students the chance to gain critical theory, develop strong practical skills and undertake supervised independent research, all under the guidance of internationally recognised staff.

Degree structure

Teaching is based around four five week blocks, preceded by an induction week in September.


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.

Programme costs

Information on tuition fees and Additional Programme Costs.

Funding options

Find out what funding may be available to you to help with course costs.


The MSc GIS programmes are based in the Geography Building on Drummond Street in the historic Old Town of Edinburgh.

Teaching staff

The MSc GIS & Archaeology programme is taught by a number of internationally-renowned experts.


The GIS industry has been diversifying over the last 10 years, with the technology becoming embedded in a range of other fields. Archaeology has increasingly made extensive links to GIS and its associated techniques of computer mapping, remote sensing, GPS, and digital surveying at multiple levels.

Graduate profiles

Here's what some of our graduates had to say about Edinburgh's GIS programmes.

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