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

 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:

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

Spring semester

Core modules:

  • Research Design for Social and Spatial Analysis
  • Advanced GIS Methods
  • The Professional GIS Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Transport Planning
  • Issues in Housing
  • Cities of Diversity


Assessments methods on this course will vary per module but can involve group work, presentations, individual reports or essays and portfolios, or a combination of these.

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

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 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.


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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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