2020 start
MSc

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.
Image of Rachael Low, postgraduate student in the Department of Geography

Course description

Our MSc 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.

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Modules

Core modules

Autumn

  • Quantitative Analysis 1
  • Applications of GIS
  • Data, Visualisation and GIS
  • Open Source GIS
  • Spatial Data Analysis

Spring

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

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Transport Planning
  • Issues in Housing
  • Cities of Diversity

Teaching

There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials.

Assessment

You’re assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

Duration

  • 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

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Contact

usp-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6900

geography-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 7900

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