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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Geographical Information Systems

Programme code:MSC-GISUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Paul Norman Contact

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

Total credits: 180

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:

School of Geography Learning and Teaching Committee

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Geography Taught Postgraduate 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;
- 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 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG5032MGIS Data Visualisation & Analysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
GEOG5160MDissertation (GIScience)60 credits1 Mar to 31 Aug

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

GEOG5060MGIS and Environment15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5255MGeodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5710MDigital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5830MEnvironmental Assessment15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5870MWeb-based GIS15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5927MPredictive Analytics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
GEOG5990MProgramming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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: 10/10/2022 12:11:36


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