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Course Structure.

Semester 1

In the first semester, we set the scene for the programme in terms of helping you understand the principles and applications of GIS, in addition to engaging with the software we use on the course. You'll take four core modules, all of which are designed to give you a grounding in the field of applied GIS and socio-spatial analysis. The four core modules in the first semester are as follows:

  • Data, Visualisation and GIS (15 Credits)
  • Applications of GIS (15 Credits)
  • Research Design (15 Credits)
  • Quantitative Analysis (15 Credits)

Semester 2

In the second semester, we'll build on the content of the modules from Semester 1 and develop your skills further, particularly in relation to advanced spatial data analysis with ArcGIS, open source GIS methods with QGIS and spatial data analysis with large geospatial datasets. You'll also work on a semester-long GIS project based on a real-world case study. In addition to the three core modules, students have a choice of several 15 Credit Geography or Town and Regional Planning policy-based modules to make up the remaining credits of the taught element of the course.

  • Advanced Spatial Analysis (15 Credits)
  • Open Source GIS and Spatial Data Analysis (15 Credits)
  • The Professional GIS Project (15 Credits)

Full year

MSc Dissertation (60 Credits). Students enrolling on the course will take the Research Design module in Semester 1 as preparation for the MSc Applied GIS Dissertation. You will be assigned an individual supervisor who will advise and guide you through the research process.

Students who are awarded 120 credits (excluding the dissertation) are eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied GIS. Students who are awarded 60 credits (excluding the dissertation) are eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied GIS.