UK | PgD/MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems

/UK | PgD/MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems

About the programme:

The Applied Geographical Information Systems (Applied GIS) pathway aims to develop students in-depth knowledge of GIS-based methods for monitoring the social/human and natural environments.  It will also help develop the student’s understanding of the spatial interaction of social/human and environmental factors.  Importantly, it seeks to increase the student’s capability to extract social/human and/or environmental information from a variety of sources, such as remotely sensed data, and to undertake analysis and assessment using appropriate methods within a GIS framework.


Programme director:

Graham Smith

Programme coordinator:



- Ability to evaluate the benefits and challenges of using GIS for a variety of social and/or environmental applications
- Ability to discuss, critically, the principles of information extraction from social/human, environmental and/or remotely sensed data sources
- Ability to plan, design and evaluate appropriate methods to analyse social/human and/or environmental problems using GIS
- Generation of social/human and/or environmental information from appropriate sources, such as census and remotely sensed data, and evaluate methods for integrating this into GIS
- Ability to design spatial data models, well formed databases, data acquisition strategies and spatial data analysis strategies in order to implement a GIS application effectively

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 for the PgD stage are:

  • Environmental Applications of GIS
  • Remote Sensing for GIS Applications
  • Social Applications of GIS

Programme information

The Applied GIS pathway focusses on GIS-based methods for monitoring, understanding and analysing the social/human and natural environments.


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: PgD/MSc in Applied 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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