University of Glasgow: Geoinformation Technology and Cartography

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Study type Taught


This Masters in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography focuses on understanding and managing the locational data required to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with visualisation and map production in a GIS environment. It is the only programme in the UK to have a significant emphasis on cartography; and our focus on the underpinning geomatics aspects and cartographic output is unique among GIS programmes.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24-48 months part-time
PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21-44 months part-time
PgCert: 3.5 months full-time; 9-32 months part-time**


Our School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).

This is the only programme in the UK that focuses on cartography. The programme has been running since 1963 and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013.

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), when fully completed with the award of an MSc.

If you are seeking a career in geographic information management or cartography and have little or no academic background in this subject: or if you have a technical/practical background in the subject and are seeking an academic qualification; this programme is designed for you.

The MSc in Geoinformation Technology and Cartography is a one-year Masters programme aimed at those seeking a career in Geographic Information management or cartography. The focus of the course is on understanding and managing the locational data underpinning Geographic Information Systems (GIS), visualisation and map production in a GIS environment.

You will benefit from access to our extensive computer laboratories and the latest software, including ArcGIS and MapInfo for GIS, graphic design packages and remote sensing processing software.

You will attend the three-day GIS Research UK conference as part of the programme (included in fees).


**Semester 1 – 60 credits**
- Fundamentals of Geomatics GEOG5008 (20 credits)

- Principles of Cartographic Design & Production GEOG5018 (10 credits)

- Principles of GIS GEOG5019 (10 credits)

- Principles of Land Surveying GEOG5020 (10 credits)

- Topographic Mapping and Landscape Monitoring GEOG5025 (10 credits)

**Semester 2 – 60 credits**
- Applied GIS GEOG5012 (10 credits)

- Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)

- Geovisualisation & Map Use GEOG5026 (10 credits)

- Internet & Mobile GIS GEOG5015 (10 credits)

- Remote Sensing of the Environment GEOG5056 (10 credits)

- Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021 (10 credits)

**Summer – 60 credits**
- MSc Project GEOG5085P (60 credits)

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors and there is currently high demand for GIS skills. Positions include cartographer with map publishing company, government agency, or private service agency; GIS specialist, ranging from support in large corporations (banking, insurance, retail), environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies; mapping specialist with software house or geoinformation data provider.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to work for companies such as Scottish Water, Natural Power, Arcus, Harper-Collins Cartographic, BT and British Antarctic Survey. Positions include GIS Cartographer, GIS Operator and GIS Analyst


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