2019 start

Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

This course will provide you with the mix of technical skills, practical experience and theoretical understanding to launch a successful career in the fields of GIS, applied policy research or spatial data analysis.
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Course description

The MSc Applied GIS is taught jointly between the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Department of Geography.

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 both departments. 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.

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Core modules


  • Data, Visualisation and GIS
  • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
  • Open Source GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Application of GIS


  • Research Proposal for Applied GIS
  • Advanced GIS Methods
  • The Professional GIS Project

Optional modules

Plus one module from available unrestricted modules offered by Geography or Urban Studies and Planning


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

The course was really interesting and engaging. My dissertation was the culmination of all the skills I had learnt, which gave me the confidence I needed to begin my career as a GIS research analyst.

Emma Holgate
MSc Applied GIS

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 degree, although evidence of work experience or other activity is generally expected.

English language requirements

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.