Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) MSc
Our MSc in Applied GIS will provide you with the mix of technical skills, practical experience and theoretical understanding you need to launch a successful career in the fields of GIS, applied policy research, or spatial data analysis. You'll develop a wide variety of knowledge, in areas such as advanced spatial analysis, geovisualisation , policy applications of GIS in practice, and thematic mapping and cartogram creation. The course has a strong applied emphasis and draws upon the extensive expertise of teaching staff in the Departments of Geography and Town and Regional Planning. This means that in addition to developing strong analytical and technical skills using GIS software, you'll be immersed in the practical applications of GIS and its potential to solve real world problems.
The course has a strong applied emphasis and draws upon the extensive expertise of teaching staff in the Departments of Geography and Urban Studies and Planning. This means that in addition to developing strong analytical and technical skills using GIS software, you'll be immersed in the practical applications of GIS and its potential to solve real world problems.
The Applied GIS MSc programme is structured in a way that maximises the development of skills and knowledge throughout the course of the 12 month programme. The first semester focuses on core skills and knowledge acquisition, whereas the second semester focuses on the development of more advanced skills. The Dissertation provides students with the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice in a relevant area of their own choosing.
Please note, this is an indicative selection of our option modules and availability varies each year.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
|Employability & Skills||
Our approach to postgraduate study places a strong emphasis on the development of skills and techniques which will be useful in the world of professional work and practice. Therefore, the MSc in Applied GIS involves the development of expertise in a wide range of GIS competencies.
Our teaching staff work in the Departments of Town and Regional Planning and Geography and have excellent contacts with employers across a range of relevant industries, including GIS, planning, surveying, academia, local and national government, and a variety of other private sector employers. Maximising the employability of graduates is a core aim of the MSc.
Graduates from this programme will typically go on to work for organisations such as the Office for National Statistics, Ordnance Survey, ESRI, the civil service and local government. The course will also equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a PhD in GIS or spatial analysis.
To discover more about your options after the course, please take a look at our graduate profiles.
Working with Ordnance Survey: a case study
One of our recent Applied GIS MSc graduates, Joe Harrison, has worked with Professor Alasdair Rae to create new maps of the UK's largest islands for Ordnance Survey.
To create these images, the team took data such as the length of coastline and the size of the island and, using GIS software and Adobe Photoshop, created beautiful posters. Joe was responsible for the design of the posters.
His academic background and interest in geovisualisation made him the ideal candidate for Ordnance Survey to collaborate with on this project.
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The Applied GIS MSc programme is unique amongst UK GIS postgraduate programmes in that it is delivered by two internationally-recognised centres of excellence in teaching and learning: the Department of Geography and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. We are able to bring together the expertise of staff from these two Departments to deliver a highly relevant, applied GIS programme which focuses on the development of skills for professional practice or further study at the PhD level. Teaching on the MSc is split evenly (50/50) between Departments, which are conveniently housed in the same building on the University of Sheffield campus, on the edge of the picturesque Weston Park.
Both departments are based in the Geography and Planning Building on the University of Sheffield campus. Here you'll have access to dedicated teaching and learning spaces and the teaching staff who you'll work closely with during the MSc.
Our postgraduate study rooms are equipped with the latest industry-standard GIS software, such as ArcGIS 10.1, QGIS 2.0 and a range of other more specialist tools. GIS facilities are also available on all 1,500 networked computers across the campus and the main University library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you can be flexible about when and where you work.
You'll also be able to install copies of course software on your own computers at no extra cost. In addition to separate postgraduate study space, the recently refurbished Geography and Planning Building also houses a dedicated cafe-style social space where you can meet to discuss group work, chat with friends or take time out.