M.Sc. On Campus

Geographical Information Systems

University of Leeds

12 months
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This Masters Geographical Information Systems course at University of Leeds focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. 


Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business, health and planning settings, as well as in environmental applications. 

You will be introduced to GIS packages and database systems, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those wanting to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. 

You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture, spatial analysis and statistical and mathematical modelling. Optional modules allow you to focus on quantitative human geography, environmental applications and programming GIS.

Career opportunities

Here are some examples of the roles that our recent graduates of the Geographical Information Systems course at University of Leeds have gone into:

  • Software Tester, Rock Deformation Research Ltd

  • GIS Analyst and Trainer, The University of Southampton

  • GIS Specialist, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Information Geoscientist, First Quantum Minerals

  • GIS Analyst, RPS Group

  • GIS Analyst, ECOWAS Commission

  • GIS Consultant, UNEP Afghanistan

  • Senior Surveyor, Murphy Surveys

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Professional & Personal Development
  • GIS Data Visualisation & Analysis
  • Dissertation (GIScience)
  • Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills
  • GIS and Environment
  • Geodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis
  • Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject.
  • Relevant work experience and training courses are viewed positively and are taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade falls below the normal minimum requirement.
  • Students without a background in geography but who have a degree that demonstrates good numeracy and/or computing skills are encouraged to apply.

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Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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