M.Sc. Geographical Information Science

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP22500 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP10200 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
This programme offers expert understanding of the latest developments in geographical information science (GIS), mixing practical training, theoretical knowledge and an ability to apply learned skills in any software environment.



This programme can be tailored to your interests and career goals, offering hands-on experience in geographical problem solving. A field trip to Perthshire focuses on techniques for capturing geospatial information.

Career opportunities

Demand for GIS expertise is growing at an unprecedented rate. The proven ability of our graduates means our internationally recognised programme is held in high regard by employers.

Graduates work worldwide in public and private sector organisations, such as Microsoft, Google, General Electric Aerospace, The World Bank, British Antarctic Survey, The World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Unisys, British Airways, the Forestry Commission, DEFRA and Registers of Scotland.

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Tuition fee
  • GBP22500 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP10200 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Courses Included:
  • Introduction To Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Research Practice and Project Planning
  • Distributed GIS
  • GeoVisualisation
  • Dissertation
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
  • Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles
  • Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
  • Principles of GIS
  • Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Sustainable Energy Technologies
  • Marine Systems and Policies
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Introduction to 3D Climate Modelling
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Encountering Cities
  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Advanced Spatial Database Methods
  • Data Integration and Exchange

English Language Requirements

CAE score
185(Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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Admission Requirements:

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. A UK 2:2, or its international equivalent, may also be accepted with relevant industry experience.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

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The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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