The overall aim of this course is to provide you with an engaging online opportunity.
The course will provide core GIScience skills training followed by specialist skill development in a range of contemporary domains as selected by you and an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent original GIScience research under the guidance of a research leader.
The course offers a choice of specialist analytical modules spanning human/physical geography and technical skills.
You’ll study a foundational year of four compulsory modules covering core concepts and technical skills in GIScience. After completing these modules, you’ll be eligible to graduate with a postgraduate certificate.
You’ll be required to study four 15 credit modules from a selection of optional modules. You may choose to focus on developing your technical skills further with modules covering advanced visualisation or you may choose from applied modules covering topics such as business and planning, environment, remote sensing and geodemographics.
You’ll work with your supervisor to complete a 60 credit independent research project – a chance to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained and specialise in an area that relates to your own ambitions and interests.
The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Example dissertation themes for Geographical Information Science MSc include:
Transport and mobility
Health and wellbeing
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Geographical Information Science module descriptions for more detail on what you’ll study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Geographical Information Science MSc in the course catalogue
GIS Data Visualisation and Analysis 1
GIS Data Visualisation and Analysis 2
Programming for Geographical Information Analysis
Professional and Personal Development
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Business and Service Planning
Digital Image Processing for Environmental Remote Sensing
Geodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis
GIS and Environment
Visualisation for Geographic Data Science
Learning and teaching
You’ll be provided with a variety of online learning materials throughout the programme. You’ll work as part of a virtual online community, discussing the materials online, collaborating in group tasks and undertaking independent work whilst generally supporting one another.
You’ll also get plenty of one-on-one support. Our qualified tutors are experts in the theory and practice of GIScience and are there to support you and your group. Our tutors will act as mentors and provide you with personal guidance as you progress, advising you on how to make the most of the course and helping you to overcome any obstacles that you encounter. Any work you hand in will be returned to you with detailed comments and advice.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
For the programme, you’ll need a laptop or PC capable of running standard applications (such as Microsoft Word/Excel etc). The packages we will use shouldn’t need anything more than a moderately spec’d machine running Windows. Software is typically made available to you via our online environment.
Take a look at the ArcGIS Pro system requirements and use these as the basis for your laptop / computer.
Active research environment
You’ll be taught by a team of academics and researchers who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and part of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy research group and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.
Other study options
Modules are available to study online as short courses. You may choose the number of modules you wish to study and will gain postgraduate credits on completion of each module. Please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Luke Burns, should you wish to discuss this route.
The Programme Leader, Dr Luke Burns, is an Associate Professor in Quantitative Human Geography whose research focuses on the advanced application of geographical information systems (GIS) to socioeconomic problems and the development of geodemographic classification systems and composite indicators to measure social phenomena.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
All assessment will be conducted via coursework and submitted online. Modules will typically require you to complete a portfolio-style assessment followed by a project which draws upon the skills obtained throughout the module.
If you only study year one, you’re eligible for a PG Cert, years one and two lead to a PG Diploma, and if you complete all three years you’ll be eligible for the award of MSc GISc.