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


- Development of an effective understanding of the principles and methods that underpin the development of a GIS solution from a spatial analysis and/or technological perspective
- Ability to evaluate the benefits and challenges presented by the implementation of modern GIS
- Ability to appraise the technical issues in the development of GIS applications
- Competency in planning, design, implementation and evaluation of appropriate methods for GIS applications

Programme format:

The three UNGIS UK programmes are structured over three years, two year 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 irrespective of their chosen pathway:

  • Foundation of GIS
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Databases

Year 2: The PgD stage includes a core research methods ‘Methods in GIS’ unit and two optional unit choices.

Year 3: The final MSc stage involves a Project and Dissertation. In this unit the student will design and undertake a substantial and unique independent research project, to be presented as an academic dissertation (max. of 15,000 words).

Elective modules:

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

  • Distributed GIS
  • Environmental applications of GIS
  • Remote sensing for GIS applications
  • Social applications of GIS
  • Spatial databases and programming


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 £6400 GBP for Home and EU students / £7900 GBP for International students
Workload / Credits:
Language: English
UNIGIS Institution:
UNIGIS UK – Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford

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