M.Sc. Geographical Information Science

The University of Edinburgh

Tuition fee:
  • € 8,800 / Year (EEA)
  • € 21,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This intensive programme also allows you to tailor your degree around your interests and career goals as well as give you hands-on experience in geographical problem solving.


The taught MSc programme is designed to prepare you for employment through courses that reflect the industrys need for expertise to give you a marketable edge. Geographical Information Science is also available as a masters by research, as is Geographical Information Science and Society.

Compulsory courses
* Distributed GIS
* GeoVisualisation
* Introduction to Spatial Analysis
* Research Practice and Project Planning
* Spatial Modelling

Optional courses
Optional courses may include:

* Advanced Spatial Database Methods
* Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
* Further Spatial Analysis
* Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
* Introduction to LiDAR in Remote Sensing
* Object Oriented Software Engineering: Principles
* Object Oriented Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
* Principles of Geographical Information Sciences
* Spatial Modelling of Human-Environment Interactions

There is also a wide range of optional courses available from the School of Informatics and the School of Social and Political Science.


Generally a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. However, lesser qualifications may be accepted with demonstrated relevant industry experience. Evidence of proficiency in English must be provided if this is not the applicant's first language.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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