Geographical Information Science, MSc, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of both Geographical Information Systems (the software tools) and Geographical Information Science (the technical discipline).

Start date
September each year
Department
Geography

Course description

Course description

Geographic Information (GI) plays an increasingly important role in many areas of our lives: environmental protection, business and marketing, communications, forecasting, modelling, agriculture, and local and regional planning.

Understanding GI systems (the software tools) and GI science (the technical discipline) is essential for effective management and analysis of spatial data.

The MSc in Geographical Information Science comprises an induction followed by a set of six taught modules in contemporary subjects, and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or several years' appropriate professional experience.

2:1 required for a 'With Industry' degree.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • MSc: £7,835
  • MSc with Industry: £9,010

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

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Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • MSc: £15,980
  • MSc with Industry: £18,375

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

You have the option of choosing to study this course 'with industry' in which a paid industrial placement forms part of your course, including your overall assessment through reflective learning. Whether or not you opt for the 'with industry' variant of the course, it is designed to give you the tools to work towards a career in a wide variety of fields in the engineering and technical industries.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Modules

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Modules

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Dissertation

Dissertation

In the last five months of the course, you will undertake a research project, examining in depth a topic of particular relevance to your interests and work. You will identify an appropriate sustainable management issue to investigate; develop a proposal that details your research methods; carry out a literature review; and apply the theory you have learned to produce a critically informed analysis.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Industrial placement (optional)

Industrial placement (optional)

Studying a 'with industry' masters degree is the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. By experiencing real-world scenarios and applying your skills and knowledge to business challenges, you will gain a unique insight into how your studies can be utilised in industry. This will not only showcase your abilities to future employers, but will also enhance your studies when you return to University to complete your programme.

Please note that the 'With Industry' degree has higher entry requirements and a higher fee than the regular MSc.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Our cartographic unit provides a high quality mapping, design and drawing service, Our map library has over 100,000 accessions including aerial photographs and atlases.

Resources available to you at Leicester include a dedicated computer lab containing industry-leading GIS software as well as a terrestrial laser scanner and GIS enabled smartphones for collecting spatial data in the field. We also have a virtual reality theatre.

This is the oldest established MSc in GIS at any English university with a track record in producing successful graduates, many of whom go on to work in the geospatial industry.

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, self-paced learning, directed reading and practicals. Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams. Your dissertation will be assessed separately.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Geographical Information Science Qualification MSc Duration 1 year full-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course Geographical Information Science with Year in Industry Qualification MSc Duration 18-24 months full-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now