University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Geographical Information Systems (distance learning)

This programme combines expertise from the universities of Leeds and Southampton, both renowned for their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaching and research. It builds on the University of Leeds� considerable experience in successfully delivering taught Masters programmes in GIS and draws on the University of Southampton�s expertise in teaching GIS in non-traditional settings. The programme is designed to meet a wide range of requirements, covering areas of specialisation as diverse as business, environment, health and planning and is well-suited to an international audience. It offers open distance learning for people working in commercial or public sector organisations, who need core training and skills development, as well as those who simply want to study in their own environment and at their own pace. You�ll benefit from tutor support and online discussion with fellow-students, and will have access to online resources at both universities.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (Hons) in geography or a related subject. Access to a personal computer with a good, reliable broadband connection. Access to the following software: Adobe Acrobat Reader, an internet browser, Microsoft Office or an equivalent open source package, Windows operating system (2000, XP, Vista or 7, 8 or later). You will also need to buy course-specific software. 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.

Course modules

Modules include: principles of GIS; using databases and GIS; GIS in the workplace; spatial analysis and GIS; business; environment; health; planning; developer and remote sensing; retail decision support systems; geodemographics and database marketing; introduction to java programming; web-based GIS; GIS for environmental management; applied environmental; GIS for analysis of health; GIS for health care management; GIS and planning; GIS and geocomputation; remote sensing for earth observation; topographic data analysis techniques and applications; applied population and demographic analysis.

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 two assessments which are due for submission at the end of each three-month study period.

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 Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning - 12 months
PgDip Distance learning - 24 months
MSc Distance learning - 36 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
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0113 343 6635