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.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (Hons) in geography or a related subject, e.g. environmental sciences or ecological sciences. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose 1st degree grade is slightly below our requirement. If you�re interested in this programme but are unsure if you have the necessary background, please get in touch with us to discuss your position. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include: principles of GIS; dissertation; using GIS; quantitative and spatial methods; GIS and environment; geographical information and planning; qualitative research methods; digital image processing for environmental remote sensing; programming for geographical information analysis; advanced skills; environmental assessment; work placement/research placement (GIS); web-based GIS; 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

Each year, the School of Geography offers a number of partial fee scholarships for Master students. These scholarships are designed to provide exceptional opportunities to students of outstanding ability, achievement and potential. Please read the terms and conditions before applying.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
0113 343 6635