12 months
16200 GBP/year
8100 GBP/year
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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are now a major component of information technology – and if you're interested in pursuing a career in this innovative, exciting field, the MSc Geographical Information Systems (GIS) degree course from the University of Portsmouth will give you the tools to succeed.

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The Geographical Information Systems programme from the University of Portsmouth you’ll learn the fundamentals of using geospatial data for real-world solutions through a combination of practical work and background theory. You'll use the same software tools employed by professionals in the field, and find out how to apply practical GIS skills in a range of contexts.

The course covers all the essential areas of geospatial data analysis, including GIS, remote sensing and Earth observation, geodatabases, programming, and field techniques. You'll analyse spatial data through your own project work and build on your previous studies and work experience, applying data analysis methods and software tools to help solve real world problems.

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

Once you complete this MSc Geographical Information Systems degree, you'll be able to apply your lab and field experience in small and medium-sized enterprises, global businesses or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Alternatively, you could apply to do a postgraduate research degree in physical and human geography or earth and environmental sciences.

You'll use industry-standard software, and learn processing techniques, programming and database skils that employers are typically looking for in prospective employees.

Each year we organise a programme of guest speakers from industry to talk about thier work, new developments in thier field, careers paths and opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing
  • GIS and Database Management Systems
  • Principles of Geographic Information System
  • Research Skills and Project
  • Sustainable Blue Economy
  • Terrain Evaluation and Natural Hazards

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second class honours degree or equivalent in Geography, Geology, Earth Science, Applied Geology, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Professional experience in a relevant area and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8100 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • NATIONAL: £4,050 per year
  • EU: £2,700 per year
  • NON-EU: £8,100 per year

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 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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