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PGDip Geographical Information Systems (Science)

Programme code:PGD-GISUCAS code:
Duration:8 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Paul Norman Contact

There is a part time version of this programme available (programme code PGD-GIS/S-PT). Please contact Dr Paul Norman for further information.

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

Normally at least a good second class honours degree in an appropriate subject (eg Geography, Computer Studies, Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Studies or other appropriate physical/computer science degree).

Suitable equivalent qualifications would be considered for overseas/mature students, especially those with relevant professional experience.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Geography SLTC

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Geography PGT Examinations Board

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- focus on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical
Information Science (GIScience) with particular reference to the socio-economic sciences;
- offer opportunities for personal and professional development through study skills and software training, short-term placements with academics and external organisations, attendance at seminar and conference events.
- complement other Masters (PGT)/PGDip/PGCert programmes given within the School;
- provide flexibility in student learning through provision of full and part-time study modes and substitution of face-to-
face modules with ODL modules where appropriate to student needs;
- incorporate flexible and student-centred electronic learning resources as appropriate;
- provide an advanced level of training in research methods in line with ESRC requirements and thus enable students to move into research for a Ph.D.;
- attract good Geography, Economics, Business Studies and other social science students; and
- provide a source of highly qualified and motivated students for employers in the GIS/GIScience sector with whom such
skills are in high demand.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

GEOG5022MProfessional & Personal Development30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GEOG5032MGIS Data Visualisation & Analysis30 creditsSemester 1
GEOG5990MProgramming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 45 credits from the following optional modules:

GEOG5060MGIS and Environment15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5255MGeodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5710MDigital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5790MProgramming for Geographical Information Analysis: Advanced Skills15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5830MEnvironmental Assessment15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5870MWeb-based GIS15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5917MBig Data and Consumer Analytics15 creditsSemester 2
GEOG5937MApplied GIS and Retail Modelling15 creditsSemester 2

With permission from the Programme manager, students may:
1) Replace selected optional modules with modules available from other Schools / Faculties within the University - normally to a maximum of 15 credits.
2) Replace Face-to-face modules with the ODL equivalent - normally up to a maximum of 45 credits.

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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