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PG Dip Geographical Information Science Distance Learning

Programme code:PGD-GISC-DLUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Luke Burns Contact

It is a part-time distance learning course

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject e.g. Geography, Computer Science, Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Studies or other appropriate numerate/computer science. Previous employment / working experience will be considered in lieu of / in addition to qualifications if appropriate.

All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in listening, speaking and reading and 6.5 in writing. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

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

School of Geography

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Geography

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no QAA subject benchmarks for, or close to, this area. Identified External Reviewer candidates are all expert / senior in GI Science in UK HEI, so have good understanding of expectations.

Programme specification:

The overall aim of this programme is to provide students with an engaging open distance learning opportunity. Whether studying as an individual or working in an organisation, students will receive core training and specialist skills development in Geographical Information Science.

The programme will provide core GI Science skills training (PGCert) followed by specialist skill development in a range of contemporary domains as selected by the student (PGDip) and an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent original GI Science research under the guidance of a research leader (MSc).

The unique selling point of this programme is the choice offered with regards to specialist analytical modules in human and/or physical geography with technical skills. Students progressing beyond the PGCert can select modules of greatest interest or value to them from a range of options, including environmental GIS, geodemographic and web-GIS.

More specifically, the programme(s) aims are to:
1. Provide widening opportunities to pursue a postgraduate programme using distance learning materials, resources and support;
2. Provide contemporary learning and teaching experiences that are relevant to every day work and which use practical ‘real world’ and up-to-date examples;
3. Develop technical abilities and competencies in range of data handling skills such as data extraction, cleaning, management and analysis, spatial and statistical modelling, programming, mapping and visualisation;
4. Encourage innovative uses of data that have a significant geographical components in the broad domains of environment, remote sensing, Big Data, demographics and planning;
5. Develop data savvy graduates with the abilities and confidence needed to apply in-demand GI Science skills to a range of application areas/problems

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

GEOG5001MGIS Data Visualisation and Analysis 115 credits01 Oct to 31 Dec
GEOG5002MGIS Data Visualisation and Analysis 215 credits1 Dec to 31 Mar
GEOG5004MProfessional and Personal Development15 credits1 May to 31 July
GEOG5009MVisualisation for Geographic Data Science15 creditsNot running until 202021

Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study one module from each block:

BLOCK 1 (September to December):

GEOG5008MGIS and Environment15 creditsNot running until 202021
GEOG5012MWeb-based GIS15 credits1 Oct to 31 Dec (adv year)

BLOCK 2 (December to March):

GEOG5005MBusiness and Service Planning15 credits1 Dec to 31 Mar (adv year)
GEOG5006MDigital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing15 creditsNot running until 202021

BLOCK 3 (March to May):

GEOG5007MGeodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis15 creditsNot running until 202021
GEOG5008MGIS and Environment15 creditsNot running until 202021

BLOCK 4 (May to July):

GEOG5003MProgramming for Geographical Information Analysis15 credits1 Mar to 31 May
GEOG5005MBusiness and Service Planning15 credits1 Dec to 31 Mar (adv year)

Please note that although GEOG5005M and GEOG5008M run twice, they can only be taken ONCE:
- Please choose the version with CRN 37297 for the Dec to Mar variant of GEOG5005M
- Please choose the version with CRN 37298 for the May to July variant of GEOG5005M.
- Please choose the version with CRN 37301 for the Oct to Dec variant of GEOG5008M
- Please choose the version with CRN 37302 for the March to May variant of GEOG5008M.
These CRN codes should appear when you go through online module enrolment.

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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