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.

Our unique modular structure enables you to tailor the programme around your individual interests and career goals. Demand for skilled GIS expertise continues to develop at an unprecedented rate, and our programme is held in high regard by employers. Its reputation ensures that our graduates receive favourable consideration when they begin looking for work.

There is no better GIS programme in the world

Professor Bob Barr  OBE - Manchester Geomatics


About the programme

Aerial image of forest with GIS mapping
An intensive educational opportunity designed to equip students for either a career in the Geographical Information industry or for further research.

Degree structure, teaching & assessment

The MSc in GIS involves two semesters of lectures 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.

Careers & network

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.

Programme costs & funding options

Tuition fees and scholarship opportunities

Accreditations, video testimonials & social media

Dr Neil Stuart video screengrab
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.

Contact us

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

Apply now and Entry requirements

We strongly recommend that all applications for study by submitted no later than 15 June 2018. Late applications from Home /  EU students may be considered, and from International students in exceptional circumstances.

Download our pdf flyer with programme summary, entry requirements, tuition fees and useful links:

GIS intranet for our current students and staff (password protected) 


'Degree structure' image © Kathryn Murphy

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