M.Sc. Geographical Information Science

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR21300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This programme gives you expert understanding of the latest developments in geographical information science by mixing strong practical training, theoretical knowledge and the ability to apply your skills in any software environment.

Description of Geographical Information Science


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 21300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 8800 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

The taught MSc programme is designed to prepare you for employment through courses that reflect the industry’s 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.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Geographical Information 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.

Work Experience for Geographical Information Science

No work experience is required.

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