Masters in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Geographical information systems, or GIS, focuses on improving existing technologies as well as developing new ones in order to collect, analyse, distribute, interpret, transform and visualise data about the surface of the earth and its geography. A good knowledge of informatics is required in order to succeed in programmes in geographical information systems. Specialised computer software is used to display detailed data about the earth's surface. Geographical information systems degrees gather elements from other disciplines like geography, computer sciences, earth sciences, physics and sustainable development.

Geographical information systems programmes offer knowledge on spatial analysis of geographical information systems, advanced Python scripting, cartographic design and visualisation, web mapping, space imagery and processing.

Masters in geographical information systems will enable students to use geospatial technology and to develop solutions related to spatial planning. Degrees in geographical information systems will equip students with mathematical skills required in conducting spatial analysis and evaluating data. Future geographical information specialists will learn how to gather and organise scientific information and will be able to make conclusive researches based on elements related to cartography, topology and geology.

Graduates have many possible opportunities in areas such as: agriculture, archaeology, conservation, demography, economics, emergency management, natural resource management, urban planning, or ecology. They pursue jobs like: geographical information systems specialist, civil engineer, urban planner, geologist and environmental scientist.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Flood Risk Management Erasmus Mundus Programme M.Sc. Flood Risk Management Erasmus Mundus Programme
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 5,500 per year
  • International € 5,500 per year
  • 24 months

Integrated flood risk management aims to reduce the human and socio-economic losses caused by flooding while taking into account the social, economic and ecological benefits from floods and the use of flood plains or coastal zones. The need for the adoption of a holistic integrated approach to managing flood risks has been reflected in the Flood Directive of the European Parliament. This Flood Risk Management Erasmus Mundus Programme is offered by the UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education.

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Geo-information Science M.Sc. Geo-information Science
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • International € 16,600 per year
  • 24 months

Do you want to contribute to solving multidisciplinairy and complex issues using Geo- information science and geo- informatics? Then the master Geo- Information Science from Wageningen UR is a perfect match for you!

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Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation MRes Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 6,000 per year
  • International £ 17,250 per year
  • 12 months

The MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation at UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) started in September 2011. The course is designed to reflect the latest developments in spatial data analysis and visualisation reflecting CASA's reputation in the fields of geographic, urban and architectural information systems. This innovative course provides an exciting opportunity to study at UCL with an MRes acting as a pathway to a PhD or further career in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (ASAV).

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Geography M.Sc. Geography
  • Any time
  • International € 29,037
  • EEA € 0
  • 24 months

The Master's programme in Geography is offered by the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. It is increasingly evident that we are moving towards an urban world; most of the planets population now live and carry out their livelihoods in urban areas and business and production are increasingly concentrated to urban regions.

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Cultural Heritage and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) M.Sc. Cultural Heritage and GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 5,220 per year
  • International £ 14,100 per year
  • 12 months

The aim of this Cultural Heritage and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) programme at Queen's University Belfast is to support students in the development of their intellectual and practical skills through the study and interpretation of cultural heritage artefacts, their historic societal significance and relationship with the landscape and the wider environment in the past and the present.

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Geographical Information Management and Applications M.Sc. Geographical Information Management and Applications
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 24 months

Geographical information is becoming more and more important in the World’s societies. Think of physical planning, risk management, navigation systems, location based services, movement analysis, augmented reality, increasing use of maps and volunteered geographical information. Geographical Information Management and Applications programme from Wageningen UR is a very complete Master of Science program, which focuses on the management and application of geographical information from a scientific perspective.

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Geoinformatics M.Sc. Geoinformatics
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 12,573 per year
  • 24 months

The Master of Science program in Geoinformatics at Aalborg University, Copenhagen is directed at students with a bachelor’s degree in surveying, land management, urban planning, environmental planning, geography or study programs with similar contents interested in understanding the concepts and obtaining the necessary skills to manage various kinds of digital geographic information.

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Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey) M.Sc. Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey)
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA £ 7,500 per year
  • International £ 15,920 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc in Archaeological Computing (GIS and survey) from the University of Southampton provides an opportunity to study the use and implications of digital spatial and survey technologies, from GIS to Archaeological research and practice.

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Engineering Surveying and Geodesy M.Sc. Engineering Surveying and Geodesy
  • Sep 2016
  • National € 9,350 per year
  • International € 10,550 per year
  • 12 months

A chance to study a top UK Masters in China. Engineering Surveying and Geodesy - The course is designed for students who wish to develop the understanding and working knowledge of the principles and applications of a variety of surveying devices and techniques.

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Geographic Information and Climate Change M.Sc. Geographic Information and Climate Change
  • Any time
  • International £ 13,800 per year
  • EEA £ 5,800 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc Geographic Information and Climate Change course at Swansea University provides cross-disciplinary training in the scientific basis of GIS, Satellite Remote Sensing and Earth System Modelling alongside aspects of Climate Change.

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Surveying and Mapping M.Sc. Surveying and Mapping
  • Any time
  • International € 12,573 per year
  • 24 months

Are you interested in satellite positioning and laser scanning? The master's programme in Surveying, Planning and Land Management with specialisation in Surveying and Mapping at Aalborg University is targeted at science and engineering students who want to work with methods and technologies used for positioning and/or mapping of objects on or near the surface of the earth.

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