University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Geographical Information Systems

This programme 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.

Course modules

Modules include: Principles of GIS; Dissertation (GIScience); Using GIS; Quantitative and Spatial Methods; and Professional Development. Optional modules include: GIS and Environment; Applied Population and Demographic Analysis; Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing; Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Advanced Skills; Environmental Assessment; Web-based GIS; Predictive Analytics; Applied GIS and Retail Modelling; and Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through coursework with no exams. There is a mix of essays and reports, the latter usually based on analysis of real world datasets. Most modules have an assessment part way through the semester and then a further assessment at the end.

Sponsorship information

There are a number of part fee scholarships available for UK, EU and international students


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 - 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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