Masters in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

The geographical information systems discipline, 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. The geographical information systems discipline gathers 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.

Studies in geographical information systems will enable students to use geospatial technology and to develop solutions related to spatial planning. Programmes 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

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 5,500 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 12 months

The course focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience) with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides a source of highly qualified and motivated students for employers in the GIS/GIScience sector, for whom such skills are in high demand.

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Geographical Information Systems (Online) Geographical Information Systems (Online)
  • Jan 2016
  • Apr 2016
  • Jul 2016
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 8,000 per year
  • International £ 8,000 per year
  • 36 months

The overall aim of this course is to provide open distance learning for people working in commercial or public sector organisations who require core training and skills development in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), or for students who want to study in their own environment and in their own time.

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Geography and Spatial Planning Geography and Spatial Planning
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA € 400 per year
  • Non-EEA € 400 per year
  • 24 months

The Master in Geography and Spatial Planning (former "Master in Spatial Development and Analysis") provides insights into the analysis of the patterns of spatial development and spatial governance in Europe, with a strong emphasis on integrative approaches and sustainable development strategies.

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Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey) Archaeological Computing (GIS and Survey)
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 6,500 per year
  • International £ 15,160 per year
  • 12 months

The MSc in Archaeological Computing (GIS and survey) 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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Geospatial Information Science and Technology Geospatial Information Science and Technology
  • Jan 2016
  • Aug 2016
  • National $ 3,811 per year
  • International $ 10,655 per year
  • 12 months

The program equips students with the necessary knowledge and tools to become high-end geospatial professionals using a unique curriculum that leverages NC State’s strengths in computational sciences and natural resources in combination with professional skills development in areas of project management, group dynamics, and communications.

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Geography & Environmental Engineering Geography & Environmental Engineering
  • Dec 2015
  • National $ 47,060 per year
  • International $ 47,060 per year
  • Not specified

Graduate study in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering prepares students for leadership roles in practice, development, and research pertinent to environmental and urban problems. At the graduate level, students are expected to increase the depth of their academic training in their particular area of expertise, and to develop the capacity to collaborate with individuals from other disciplines. Because of its diversity of interests and association with other JHU departments, the department can offer a broad range of graduate programs based on the natural, social, and engineering sciences.

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River Basin Dynamics & Management with GIS River Basin Dynamics & Management with GIS
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 5,500 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,750 per year
  • 12 months

River basins are of fundamental importance to the world’s population, and industry and academia throughout the world demand research training in water dynamics and management. The University of Leeds has a world-class reputation for water-related research and for GIS development in an environmental context and this MSc programme builds on this success.

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Geographical Information Management PgDip/PgCert Geographical Information Management PgDip/PgCert
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 9,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 12 months

The Geographical Information Management programme is unique in providing a balanced coverage of the key GIS technologies. The course is taught to small groups by experts and the ratio of staff to students is one of the best available anywhere.

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Integrated Landscape Ecology PgDip/PgCert Integrated Landscape Ecology PgDip/PgCert
  • Oct 2015
  • EEA £ 9,000 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 17,500 per year
  • 12 months

As a result of the National Ecosystem Assessment in the UK, there is new demand for land management professionals with quantitative and integrative landscape capabilities, who will be required to cover topics from ecosystem services, biodiversity and agriculture. Worldwide, 90% of ecosystems are managed by humans and now international attention is focusing on landscape level strategies to address the integration between biodiversity and natural capital for the provision of ecosystem services.

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Applied Science (Geographic Information Systems) Applied Science (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Feb 2016
  • EEA € 27,400 per year
  • 12 months

The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) is a 180-point, coursework postgraduate degree. A candidate would normally be a graduate but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications.

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