Geographic Data Science (Intensive) (Part-time), Postgraduate Certificate | Part time | Birkbeck, University of London | London, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Geographic Data Science (Intensive) (Part-time)

3 months
6010 GBP/year
3460 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Geographic Data Science (Intensive) (Part-time) at Birkbeck, University of London will provide you with advanced scientific and technical training in capturing, analysing and visualising geospatial information. 


Geographic Data Science (Intensive) (Part-time) at Birkbeck, University of London is aimed at professionals and researchers who work with, or 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 don't yet want to commit to a full MSc.

The emphasis is on enabling you to think analytically and develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of geographic data science whilst also acquiring key data science skills that are in high demand in industry. 

The modules will cover important tools for research in the field: geographic information systems, such as ArcGIS and QGIS; map-making and cartography; big data management with spatial databases, such as SQL and NoSQL. Emphasis will be placed on programming, data science and management, and web-based GIS and online mapping.


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:

  • Geographic Data Science
  • Programming for Geospatial Science
  • Visualisation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can still apply through UCAS after this deadline, depending on the availability of places.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least a second-class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline; we will consider professional experience in place of a degree.

  • Some experience of Geographic Information Systems is desirable, but is not a requirement.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  • The application form 
  • Your personal details
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Your personal statement
  • Referees
  • Statistical information
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6010 GBP per year during 3 months.
  • National

    3460 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3460 GBP per year during 3 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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