UK | PgC/PgD/Msc Geographical Information Systems

/UK | PgC/PgD/Msc Geographical Information Systems
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About the programme:

The Geographical Information Systems pathway helps students to develop an in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by the application area(s) and the interactions between data, methods, people, and technology.

Programme director:

Graham Smith

Programme coordinator:

UNIGIS Administration


- Systematically evaluate the principles and methods that underpin the development of a GIS solution
- Synthesise and evaluate the interactions between data, methods and technology and the impact and constraints they place on applications of GIS
- Analyse and evaluate the benefits and challenges presented by the implementation of GIS
- Appraise the technical issues in the development of GIS applications
- Plan, design, implement and evaluate appropriate methodologies for GIS applications
- Design and implement a small-scale GIS research application

Programme format:

The UNGIS UK programme is structured over three years, two years of taught units and a final year to complete a dissertation. In the first two years of taught units you will study three
units in each year.

Core modules:

Year 1: The PgC stage comprises three units and is common for all UNIGIS UK students:

  • Foundation of GIS – This unit provides a wide-ranging introduction to the concepts, theories, methods, and application of Geographical Information Systems and Science.
  • Geodata: Sources, Standards & Quality –  – This unit will provide students with an appreciation of how spatial data are created and sourced to meet the requirements of different geospatial applications, and how error and uncertainty can impact upon data quality.
  • Spatial Databases – This unit will provide the student with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of databases in general and spatial databases in particular.

Year 2: The PgD stage includes a core research methods ‘Research methods in the Spatial Sciences’ unit and two optional unit choices.

Year 3: The final MSc stage involves a Project and Dissertation. This unit requires students to undertake an independent research project in the field of GI Systems, Science and Technology, and report their findings in an extended dissertation.

Elective modules:

Year 2: The optional units within the PgD stage are:

  • Data Analytics – The aim of the unit is to teach students advanced theories and skills to creatively and critically analyse large, complex geographical datasets.
  • Earth Observation for GIS – This unit provides students with an introduction to the principles of Earth Observation and explores its role in data gathering (including recent sensor developments) and information extraction for GIS applications.
  • Environmental Analysis and Modelling – This unit introduces case study examples of how GIS analysis and environmental modelling can be used in environmental applications and seeks to critically evaluate their potential value.

Programme information

The Geographical Information Systems pathway aims to provide students with a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS. Importantly, it offers students choice in the selection of their application area (with a range of units available).


Admission requirements:

Our normal entry requirements are:
- a relevant Honours degree or
- an HND/Foundation degree and relevant experience or
- relevant professional qualifications and experience

Each application is considered individually based on qualification and experience. Enthusiasm and commitment are important. Our admissions tutor will inform you as quickly as possible whether we can offer you a place.
Our programmes start in mid-September each year, although we welcome applications at any time.

Qualification: PgC/PgD/MSc in Geographical Information Systems
Tuition fee: For the full three years Masters programme £7100 GBP for Home and EU students / £8250 GBP for International students
Workload / Credits:
Language: English
UNIGIS Institution:
UNIGIS UK – Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford

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