University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Geographical Information Systems

Overview Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are now a major component of information technology - and if you're interested in pursuing a career in this innovative, exciting field, our MSc Geographical Information Systems (GIS) degree course will give you the tools to succeed. On this MSc Geographical Information Systems degree course, you'll learn practical GIS skills using the same software tools employed by professionals in the field. You'll analyse spatial data through your own project work and build on your previous geographical studies, creating distinctive methods of data analysis, algorithms and software tools. Once you graduate, you'll be well placed to pursue a career as a geographical information science specialist within local and national government, health authorities, environment and conservation organisations, or in university-based research. What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Get hands-on experience of using GI instruments and emerging technologies, including GPS, Total Stations and 3D laser scanners Learn from experts with extensive industrial and consultancy experience and strong research portfolios Practise your GIS data collection skills, both in our GIS labs and in the field Learn image processing and spatial analysis techniques Complete a research report on the GIS topic of your choice, applying the principles of research and design Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities GIS has become an essential part of the world's information infrastructure and the technology is now widely used in utility companies, telecommunications networks, civil engineering, retailing, local and national government, international charities, NGOs, the National Health Service, environmental organisations, banking and finance, and insurance. When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in any of these industries and organisations. Many of our previous graduates are now employed all over the world, working on GIS-related projects for organisations including: The Environment Agency Ordnance Survey Environmental consultancies We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Entry requirements

MSc: A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in Geography or a related subject. Professional experience in a relevant area and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Modules include: Principles of geographic information science; GIS and database management systems; applied geographic information systems; research methods and design; modelling and analysis and the web; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: The course provides a balanced structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will learn through hands-on practical sessions designed to give you the skills in laboratory, computer and field techniques. The course also includes extensive field work designed to provide field mapping and data collection skills. How are you assessed? The majority of assessment takes the form of practical exercises and project-based activity. This enables you to become familiar with industry-standard software systems and develop your skills by applying your newfound expertise in areas that particularly interest you.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 4,630 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (EU) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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