36 months
4827 GBP/year
2027 GBP/year
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The School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Ulster University offers a fully online, distance learning, postgraduate course in Geographic Information Systems. With over 20 years’ experience in teaching GIS, and 15 years of teaching this course via e-learning, we have a significant and successful track record in GIS education. 

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This Geographic Information Systems course at Ulster University  is designed to give students (whether newly qualified or already in employment in related fields) understanding and experience of GIS concepts, functionality and applications, data models and data management, GIS customization, spatial data analysis and project management, as well as providing extensive hands-on experience of commercial GIS software. Strong industry links help ensure that course content remains relevant to the needs of employers.

What are the employment prospects for GIS graduates?

GIS and geospatial technologies underpin a rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar industry, and are becoming increasingly mainstream within both the public and private sectors, resulting in a need for a steady supply of graduates who have a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. 

Graduates of the course have secured employment in a variety of roles worldwide, in GIS positions including technicians, analysts, scientists, surveyors, data specialists, mapping officers, consultants and project managers, development, sales and marketing, customer support, GIS training, lecturing and research (including funded PhD projects). 

The breadth of potential uses of GIS ensures a great diversity of job opportunities; for example, our graduates have found employment with mapping agencies, GIS, SatNav and technology companies, GIS and environmental consultancies, ecological and marine resource management and environmental agencies, renewable energy companies, forestry, fisheries, town planning departments, heritage agencies, health and emergency services, housing authorities, local government, aid agencies, countryside recreation, rural development, retail analysis, utilities and infrastructure, Further and Higher Education, mining and mineral exploitation and the oil industry, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of GIS 
  • Spatial Data Management 
  • Remote Sensing 
  • GIS in Business and Society 
  • Web-based GIS 
  • GIS Databases

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 ECTS

Postgraduate Diploma - 120



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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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.
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum 2(ii) Honours degree with a substantial component of Geography, Environmental Science or Computing or related disciplines, although candidates with qualifications in other relevant subjects will be considered on an individual basis. 
    • Candidates without the standard academic qualifications will also be considered, based on significant relevant work experience; in such cases, previous experience of GIS will be an advantage, and should be explained in detail on the application form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4827 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4827 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2027 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2027 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.

The PgDip fees for UK and EU residents are £4,054, and a further £2,027 for the Masters; fees for Overseas students are £9,654 for the PgDip and an extra £4,827 for the MSc


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This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (part-time)
Ulster University


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