The University of Southampton
Geography and EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Geographical Information Systems (Online) (3 years)

This innovative programme offers a practical approach to implementing GIS techniques in work and other real-world environments.

Introducing your course

A masters in Geographical Information Systems , opens the doors to a huge selection of career opportunities in both business, land surveillance, teaching, academia and much more. This innovative degree course offers a practical approach to implementing GIS techniques in work and other real-world environments and builds a set of invaluable skills that are highly translatable to a variety of professions and careers.

Overview

Our programme will enhance your skills and knowledge of information acquisition, extraction and management, data analysis, computer modelling and mapping, which can be applied to key fields such as business decision making, health management, planning, and environmental management.

In particular our programme:

  • builds on the considerable GIS experience and expertise of the universities of Southampton and Leeds
  • includes optional modules from other Worldwide Universities Network partners, adding further breadth in advanced areas
  • uses well-established virtual learning environments, through distance-learning resources, telephone support and electronic communication

The programme is particularly suitable if you work in local enterprise or public sector organisations, and require core training and skills development in GIS, or if you want to study independently.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All students are registered with the University of Leeds in year one, and should apply to:

The Distance Learning Team
The School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT
website: www.gislearn.org
email: gisonline@leeds.ac.uk 

Accreditation

Some of the modules within the programme have been accredited through the Association for Geographic Information (AGI)’s Continuing Professional Development programme. CPD points are available for these modules for those wishing to achieve Chartered Geographer (GIS) status.

Key Facts

Entry requirements: First or good second-class honours degree in an appropriate subject, or appropriate professional experience and/or qualifications. We will consider suitable equivalent qualifications from international and mature applicants, and welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Duration: MSc: 3 years (part-time); Diploma: 2 years (part-time)

Assessment: Online projects and assignments, dissertation

Start dates: 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October

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“Through the online discussion rooms I have exchanged views with people in the UK, the US and across Africa and Europe, and the chance to communicate with fellow GIS students has been invaluable.”

Michael Rowan - GIS by Online Distance Learning

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: Variable

Average applications per place: 3

First or good second-class honours degree in an appropriate subject, or appropriate professional experience and/or qualifications. We will consider suitable equivalent qualifications from international and mature applicants, and welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

As the first year of this programme is administered from Leeds, all applications should be directed to Leeds - this is possible using an online form: for further details, including how to get started, visit the GIS online learning website.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Some of the modules within the programme have been accredited through the Association for Geographic Information (AGI)’s Continuing Professional Development programme. CPD points are available for these modules for those wishing to achieve Chartered Geographer (GIS) status.

Year 1

As the first year of this programme is administered from Leeds, all applications should be directed to Leeds - this is possible using an online form: for further details, including how to get started, visit the GIS online learning website. Modules within the programme may also be taken without registering for a degree – please contact gg-admissions@soton.ac.uk for further details.

Year 2

Four optional modules are taken in Year 2, two of which are determined by one of six pathways:

  • Health, Environment or Remote Sensing (delivered by the University of Southampton)
  • Planning, Business or Developer (delivered by the University of Leeds)

The choice of the remaining two modules is unrestricted.

Below is an example of optional modules which the University of Southampton may offer.

Semester Two
Optional
GEOG6033
GIS for Health Care Management (ODL)

Year 3

Semester One
Compulsory
GEOG6035
Dissertation (GIS)
Semester Two
Compulsory
GEOG6035
Dissertation (GIS)

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: Students must have access to a personal computer at home or work with the following minimum specifications: • 2.2 GHz minimum or higher; hyper-threading or multi-core recommended. Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors; SSE2 (or greater) • 2 GB memory • 60 GB hard disk • A Broadband connection
EquipmentIT - Software: Current UK university licence arrangements for ESRI products only allow for their use by distance learners in the UK and Eire. If you are studying outside the UK and Eire, you will need to purchase the relevant software licences for the following additional package, if you do not already have access to them: • ESRI’s ArcView v10.x (with Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst) Software licences can be obtained by contacting your national ESRI reseller (http://partners.esri.com/partnerSearch). The university can, if necessary, provide a letter confirming your student status if your local reseller offers a discounted student licence. You will also find it helpful to have a copy of: • Microsoft Office Pro (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) or an equivalent open source package.
FieldworkA minority of dissertations undertaken through the Year 3 GEOG6035 module may entail fieldwork.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

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