University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Geographical Information Systems (distance learning)

This innovative 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, including regular newsletter updates, and online discussion with fellow-students, and will have access to online resources at both universities.

Course modules

Modules include: Principles of GIS; Using GIS; GIS in the Workplace; and Spatial Analysis and GIS.

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning - 24 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning - 12 Months

Campus details

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

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