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University of Leeds: Geographical Information Science (distance learning)

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Geography
Telephone 0113 343 8109
Study type Taught


Geographical information is integrated into our day-to-day life and is crucial to a growing number of industries in both the public and private sectors.

Our Geographical Information Science MSc will provide you with in-depth and specialist knowledge of GIS techniques. You’ll focus on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business and environmental applications. You’ll 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 have the chance to explore topics including advanced spatial data visualisation, digital image processing, and geodemographics.

As technology continues to advance, more and more organisations will be seeking trained specialists in this field to help them drive their businesses forward – which is why studying this MSc could open you up to many career opportunities.

Why study at Leeds: - Graduate with an MSc from a university that ranks in the top ten in the world for geography, ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022.

  • Integrate this course into your lifestyle, being taught online and studying part-time over three years.

  • Learn the latest innovations in critical areas like geodemographics, retail planning, wilderness and remote sensing from our world-leading research conducted right here on campus which feeds directly into the course.

  • Advance your skills and understanding in geographical information analysis and GIS data visualisation.

  • Tailor the course to suit your career aspirations with a selection of optional modules such as business and service planning, geographic data science, geodemographics or Environmental GIS that’ll hone your knowledge in the topics that interest you the most.

  • Conduct your own project work which will enable you to develop transferable skills as a researcher, investigating a real-world issue that explores and develops your interests.

  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team of academics who are at the forefront of their fields and are actively engaged in groundbreaking research from the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy research group and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.


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