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About The Course: MSc Geographical Information Systems

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) play a crucial part in our everyday lives. Everything from Google Maps and geosocial networking, to utilities, and transportation design rely upon on these innovative technologies and services which allow us to capture, visualise, measure, analyse, and share spatially referenced data.


The MSc Geographical Information Systems allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the techniques and issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems. It also enables you to evaluate the interactions between data, methods, people and technology, and the constraints they place on GIS applications.


Taught by experienced academics with a wealth of professional experience, you’ll benefit from the resources of two UK universities – Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford – who have been delivering GIS education for over 20 years. Studying part-time by distance learning offers you freedom and flexibility, whether you’re working in industry, and advancing your skillset or simply wish to experience postgraduate study at a pace that suits you. All course materials are delivered online via our virtual learning environment, with student support provided centrally through our dedicated UNIGIS office.  Students who successfully complete the programme will receive a postgraduate degree from either MMU or Salford depending upon where they are registered.


Career opportunities for UNIGIS graduates are plentiful. The application of GIS is growing rapidly in areas such as urban and regional planning, health, transportation, agriculture and food security, energy, retail marketing, and data analytics which opens up a range of opportunities for graduates of the UNIGIS programme.


Graduates may pursue successful careers as:


  • GIS  analysts
  • environmental consultants
  • researchers
  • data analysts
  • environmental modellers
  • urban planners

On successful completion of MSc Geographical Information Systems, students will be able to:


  • Systematically evaluate the principles and methods that underpin the development of a GIS solution
  • Synthesise and evaluate the interactions between data, methods and technology and the impact and constraints they place on applications of GIS
  • Analyse and evaluate the benefits and challenges presented by the implementation of GIS
  • Appraise the technical issues in the development of GIS applications
  • Plan, design, implement and evaluate appropriate methodologies for GIS applications
  • Design and implement a small-scale GIS research application
  • Foundations of Geographical Information Systems
  • Geodata: Sources, Standards and Quality
  • Spatial Databases

All study routes employ web-based delivery and aim to provide the conceptual and technical framework required for an in-depth understanding of GIS.

Core unit: Research Methods in the Spatial Sciences – Geographical Information Systems

Choose two from:

  • Environmental Analysis and Modelling
  • Earth Observation for GIS
  • Data Analytics

Research Dissertation

This unit requires students to undertake an independent research project in the field of GI Systems, Science and Technology, and report their findings in an extended dissertation.

Fees* (for the full three year Masters programme starting in September 2018):

  • £7100 GBP for Home/EU students
  • £8250 GBP for International students

*Please note that fees may be paid by instalments


Students who normally live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland may be eligible for non means-tested postgraduate loans.  For further information and to find out whether you are eligible, please visit:  https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/postgraduate-loan-scheme/
or  http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-loans