Studyportals

Geographic Information Science

Postgraduate Diploma
12 months
Duration
10150 GBP/year
6000 GBP/year
Unknown
Tuition fee
Anytime
Unknown
Apply date
Unknown
Start date

About

The Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (GISc) at Birkbeck, University of London is aimed at professionals and researchers who work with (or those who wish to work with) geographically referenced data. It is ideal if you are interested in studying at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MSc.

Visit the official programme website for more information
Join the leading study choice platform for free
  1. Get details of 180000+ English-taught programmes worldwide.
  2. Find, wishlist and compare your best fitting programme.
  3. Apply for scholarships worth up to €6,000.
account benefits visualised

Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (GISc) at Birkbeck, University of London covers the philosophical, scientific, social, policy, environmental and technological issues associated with the use of geographic information in an international context, building on the Department of Geography’s experience in teaching GISc at postgraduate level for over 20 years.

It will introduce you to the principles and applications of GISc at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of GISc, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use. The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career.

Highlights

  • Teaching team includes external collaborators: researchers, private GISc consultants, and GISc professionals working in private industry and public bodies.
  • Learning resources include a virtual learning environment, GIS software (ArcGIS, free to UK-based students, and IDRISI, available at student rates), GIS practicals (ESRI Virtual Campus, IDRISI and selfcontained) and e-library facilities.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in archaeology, surveying, government and business/industry. Possible professions include geographical information systems officer, higher education lecturer, or commercial/residential surveyor. This degree may be useful in a variety of roles within local government, the defence industry, and planning and policy, in areas such as cartography, GIS analysis, remote-sensing applications and software development.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Advanced Topics of GIS Analysis
  • Geovisualisation and WebGIS
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Programming for GIS
  • Remote Sensing and Environmental GIS
  • Spatial Analysis and Statistics
  • Spatial Big Data Management
  • Spatial Simulation Modelling

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

120 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline.
  • Some experience with Geographic Information Systems is desirable.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10150 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Geographic Information Science
-
Birkbeck, University of London

Wishlist