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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.

About

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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