School of GeoSciences

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.

Compulsory courses

This MSc has 3 compulsory courses. Compulsory courses may consist of a balance of lectures, skills development and seminars.

Optional courses

In addition to the Compulsory Courses, you will select 60 credits from a very broad range of elective courses across the School of GeoSciences and other Schools across the University.

Teaching and Assessment

MSc teaching is executed through a range of teaching and assessment modes all of which are designed to prepare the student the for the master's dissertation and employment outside of academia.


The dissertation is a substantial piece of research work which both reinforces the skills learned in the taught component of the programme and provides a genuine opportunity to undertake new and valuable research.

Part time study

Committed to helping people back into Education whilst continuing to work or managing family and personal commitments, you may study any of the GIS programmes part time over either 2 or 3 years. You can discuss your study options with the Programme Director.

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