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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business and environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and a range of data sources/techniques, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those keen to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including Big Data with advanced visualisation, digital image processing, and geodemographics.

Students studying year one only are eligible for a PG Cert, years one and two lead to a PG Diploma, and students completing all three years are eligible for the award of MSc GISc.

The programme will provide core GI Science skills training followed by specialist skill development in a range of contemporary domains as selected by the student and an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent original GI Science research under the guidance of a research leader.

The unique selling point of this programme is the choice offered with regards to specialist analytical modules spanning human/physical geography and technical skills.

Programme Structure

The overall aim of this programme is to provide students with an engaging open distance learning opportunity.

Year One

You will study a foundational year of four compulsory modules covering core concepts and technical skills in GIScience. After completing these modules, you will be eligible to graduate with a postgraduate certificate.

Year Two

You will be required to study four 15 credit modules from a selection of optional modules. You may choose to focus on developing your technical skills further with modules covering Big Data or digital image processing or you may choose from applied modules covering business and planning, environment, and geodemographics.

Year Three The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of the course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject.
  • Access to a personal computer with a good, reliable broadband connection.
  • Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement

Technological Requirements

Access to the following software: Adobe Acrobat Reader an internet browser Microsoft Office or an equivalent open source package Windows operating system (2000, XP, Vista or 7, 8 or later)

Getting a Student Visa

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


We are offering up to £21,000 in scholarships for our MSc programmes

The School is offering a number of partial or full-fee scholarships based on both academic merit and volume of applications for the following Masters programmes. These scholarships will be considered alongside any alumni bursary that you may be eligible for.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.