School of GeoSciences

MSc Geographical Information Science

One of the best known GIS programmes in the world, developing strong practical skills with fundamental theoretical knowledge to support the application of GIS skills in any software environment.

About the programme

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An intensive educational opportunity designed to equip students for either a career in the Geographical Information industry or for further research.

Applying for your programme

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Entry requirements and how to apply for your chosen programme.

Programme structure

The MSc in GIS involves two semesters of taught courses followed by an individual research project. Find out what courses you will take and how you will be assessed.

Field work

Project-oriented fieldwork provides you with a unique opportunity to use the knowledge you have gained in your courses in real-world contexts. Please note this page contains an image gallery.


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, GIS occupations will see growth rates ranging from 7%-54% between 2010-2020. Read more about our links with industry and where our graduates are working now.

Teaching staff

Drawing upon our expertise across the entire spectrum of the Earth Sciences, Ecological Sciences and Geography, read more about our academics here.

Costs & funding options

Tuition fees and scholarship opportunities

Social media & videos

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Hear more from our recent Programme Director and previous students, follow the GIS blog, interact with us on social media and find out more about our accreditation.


Apply now and Entry requirements


Survey - new programme opportunities

We have set up three short surveys and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in postgraduate study online or on campus in ‘Circular Economy’,  ‘Natural Hazards and Risk’, or 'Applied Hydrogeology'.

Your feedback will help shape the content and structure of these new programmes, and there is an opportunity to leave your contact details so we can keep you up to date on any developments.