UK | PgD/MSc in Geographical Information Technologies

/UK | PgD/MSc in Geographical Information Technologies

About the programme:

The Geographical Information Technologies (GI Technologies) pathway aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development and the methodologies for implementing those practices in a GIS context. It seeks to develop the student’s critical understanding of the issues involved in designing the storage and use of geographical data in databases and web-based applications. Importantly this pathway also aims to develop within students the capability to design, implement and evaluate small-scale database and web-application projects.


Programme director:

Graham Smith

Programme coordinator:



- Ability to evaluate the benefits and challenges of modern geo-database technologies and their implementation in a distributed environment (e.g. web or enterprise)
- Ability to appraise the technical issues in the development of distributed GIS applications
- Ability to appraise the technical issues in the development of GIS applications
- Competency in planning, design, implementation and evaluation of appropriate methods to create geospatial applications in a distributed environment

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 three core (mandatory) units:

  • Methods in GIS
  • Distributed GIS
  • Spatial Databases and Programming

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:

Not applicable.

Programme information

The GI Technologies pathway focusses on the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development.


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 Geographical Information Technologies
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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