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Inter-departmental teaching

The MSc Applied GIS programme is unique amongst UK GIS postgraduate programmes in that it is delivered by  two internationally-recognised centres of excellence in teaching and learning: the Department of Geography and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. We are able to bring together the expertise of staff from these two Departments to deliver a highly relevant, applied GIS programme which focuses on the development of skills for professional practice or further study at the PhD level. Teaching on the MSc is split evenly (50/50) between Departments, which are conveniently housed in the same building on the University of Sheffield campus, on the edge of the picturesque Weston Park.

Facilities and Equipment

Both departments are based in the Geography and Planning Building on the University of Sheffield campus. Here you'll have access to dedicated teaching and learning spaces and the teaching staff who you'll work closely with during the MSc.

Our postgraduate study rooms are equipped with the latest industry-standard GIS software, such as ArcGIS 10.1, QGIS 2.0 and a range of other more specialist tools. GIS facilities are also available on all 1,500 networked computers across the campus and the main University library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you can be flexible about when and where you work.

You'll also be able to install copies of course software on your own computers at no extra cost. In addition to separate postgraduate study space, the recently refurbished Geography and Planning Building also houses a dedicated cafe-style social space where you can meet to discuss group work, chat with friends or take time out.

The Department of Geography

The Department have been leaders in geography education for more than a century. They have a reputation for excellence in teaching and research and a recent National Student Survey placed them at the top of the Russell Group of leading UK universities. Their research is internationally recognised for its excellence and staff are at the forefront of developments in GIS and spatial analysis.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning

The Department has been a leading provider of urban and regional planning education level since the 1960s, and has a strong tradition in GIS education. The have an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research, and are the top rated RTPI accredited planning school in the UK.  Staff maintain close links with GIS industry employers, regularly conduct external consultancy in the field and work at the cutting edge of the discipline.