MSc Applied GIS

Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

Planning and investing in the spaces where we live and work has never been so important. An accredited MA from one of the UK's top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.

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


About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

This course is taught jointly between the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Department of Geography.

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.

Ana Maria Monsalve Sanchez, MA Urban Design and PlanningAutumn semester

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
  • Applications of GIS
  • Open Source GIS
  • Spatial Data Analysis

Spring semester

Core modules:

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

Examples of optional modules

  • Transport Planning
  • Issues in Housing
  • Cities of Diversity

Course duration

1 year full-time


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).

You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

English language requirements

IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Dr Alasdair Rae

Today, terms like 'open data', 'big data' and 'data science' are everywhere, yet the people with the skills and knowledge to make these meaningful are in short supply. They are also in great demand. Our MSc in Applied GIS is designed specifically with practical applications in mind, based on the extensive experience of our team. The MSc will equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in professional practice.

Dr Alasdair Rae, SENIOR LECTURER

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: usp@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6920