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University of Leeds: Geographical Information Systems

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Geography
Web http://www.leeds.ac.uk
Email geo-tpg-enq@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 343 8109
Study type Taught

Summary

This Masters degree focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides highly qualified and motivated students sought by employers in the sector.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business, health and planning settings, as well as in environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and database systems, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those wanting to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners.

You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture, spatial analysis and statistical and mathematical modelling. Optional modules allow you to focus on quantitative human geography, environmental applications and programming GIS.

You will need a laptop or PC capable of running standard applications (such as Microsoft Word/Excel etc). The packages we will use shouldn’t need anything more than a moderately spec’d machine running Windows. Software is typically made available to you as a download. Take a look at the ArcGIS Pro system requirements and use these as the basis for your laptop/computer.

Course highlights - Our courses are shaped by our world-leading research in areas such as geodemographics, retail planning, wilderness and remote sensing.

  • You’ll be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of their fields, who are passionate about the subjects they teach.

  • Project work enables you to develop skills as a researcher, asking and answering important questions about the way our world works.

  • Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from a structured support system, with a programme manager who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.

Active research environment You will be taught by a team of academics and researchers who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and part of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy research group and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.

Other study options This course is also available part-time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

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