36 months
5120 GBP/year
2137 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Geographic Information Systems (part-time) course from Ulster University teaches the concepts behind GIS and provides in-depth practice using both commercial and open-source software. You can study either full-time or part-time, and can aim for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters degree. 

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With 25 years' experience of teaching GIS, and nearly 20 years via online distance learning, we have a long and successful track record in GIS education. 

We look at how to obtain, analyse, problem-solve and communicate with maps and spatial data, with modules on GIS, remote sensing, spatial data management and databases, web-GIS and GIS in the commercial environment. Optional modules include GIS workplace project, spatial analysis and modelling, GIS for environmental management, and Customising GIS. You will gain extensive hands-on experience: in addition to developing core skills using ArcGIS, you will use a wide range of software including ERDAS Imagine, Excel, SPSS, QGIS, OpenLayers, GeoServer, PostgreSQL and PostGIS, together with GIS extensions, plug-ins and programming languages. If you opt to complete the Masters project you can focus on a topic of your own choosing.

Our graduates have a high success rate in obtaining GIS employment (over 95%, according to graduate surveys). People taking the course who already have GIS work experience say they benefit significantly because the course enables them to broaden, deepen and formalise their knowledge.

Career options 

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 graduates who have a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Graduates of this Geographic Information Systems (part-time) course from Ulster University have secured employment in a variety of GIS-related roles worldwide, in GIS positions including technicians, analysts, scientists, surveyors, data specialists, mapping officers, consultants, 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 and SatNav companies, 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. Knowledge and understanding of geo-spatial data are also increasingly required in a variety of jobs outside of the GI profession, making a GIS qualification a valuable asset enhancing employability in a range of fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GIS in Business and Society
  • Web-based GIS
  • Biodiversity Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 
  • Principles of GIS
  • Spatial Data Management
  • Photogrammetry and Advanced Image Analysis

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 120



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal requirement is an Honours degree (2:2 or above) with a substantial component of geography, environmental science or computing, but we will consider applicants with other equivalent and relevant qualifications or experience on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5120 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5120 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    2137 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2137 GBP per year during 36 months.

UK and Republic of Ireland fee

MSc - £6409.80

PG Dip - £4,273.20

PG Cert - £2136.60


International fee 

MSc - £15,359.40

PG Dip - £10,239.60

PG Cert - £5,119.80


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