Manchester Metropolitan University: Geographical Information Systems, Geographical Information Technologies, Applied Geographical Information Systems

InstitutionManchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Science and the Environment View department profile
Telephone 0161 247 69 69
Study type Taught


UNIGIS is a Distance Learning Postgraduate Network in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) jointly run by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. The UNIGIS network has over 25 years' experience of success in delivering GIS postgraduate courses. Our highly regarded programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in the GI industry - or those wishing to enter the sector. UNIGIS aims to provide a deeper and balanced education in GIS.
Although GIS is a relatively new and emerging branch of geography, the UNIGIS network has over 25 years experience of successfully delivering GIS courses at postgraduate level. You study via web-based distance learning.
The application of GIS is growing rapidly in areas such as urban and regional planning, transportation and land use interaction, and retail marketing, which opens up a range of opportunties for graduates of these courses.
Features and benefits of the course:
Three separate pathways are offered up to MSc level:
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS) : -
Providing a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS permitting some choice in application selection. Develop in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by application area and the interactions between data, methods, people and technology.
- Applied Geographical Information Systems (Applied GIS) : -
Helps develop an in-depth knowledge of GIS based methods for monitoring social/human and natural environments. Establish an effective understanding of the spatial interaction of social/human and environmental factors and develop the capability to extract information from a variety of sources and to analyse and assess within a GIS framework.
- Geographical Information Technologies (GI Technologies) : -
Aids critical understanding of the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development and the methodologies for implementing those practices in a GIS context. A critical understanding of the issues involved in designing the storage and use of geographical data in databases and web-based applications is forged. Also key is proficiency in the design, implementation and evaluation of small scale database and web-application projects.


Manchester Metropolitan University
Science and the Environment

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Science and Environment is a research-rich academic community within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, with a well-established reputation in the fields of biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

We work with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide, to deliver solutions that address challenges posed in environmental change and sustainability, socio-economic, cultural and political change, health and advanced materials.

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