University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Geographical Information Science (with optional industry placement)

This course provides excellent training in handling and analysis of geographic information. The teaching of these technical skills is complemented by a thorough grounding in the academic theory of GI. Understanding Geographical Information Systems (the software tools) and Geographical Information Science (the technical discipline) is essential for effective management and analysis of spatial data.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class honours degree in any subject. Relevant industrial or academic experience will also be considered. The 'With Industry' variant requires a 2.1 or better.

Course modules

Course modules: introduction to GIS; programming for spatial scientists; spatial information science; geographical visualisation; earth observation and remote sensing; GIS methods in the field; research dissertation

Assessment methods

Teaching is by a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment of taught modules is by coursework and examination. Coursework is by a mixture of computer based practicals, essays and small group projects. The dissertation is assessed separately and accounts for one third of the total credits required for the MSc.

Sponsorship information

ESRC accredited.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,290 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,290 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 2,735 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

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