Newcastle University
Geographic Information Science BSc (Hons)
Newcastle University

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 50 graduates of Geographic Information Science BSc (Hons) and other courses in at Newcastle University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
62 /100
50 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in physical geographical sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26000 £27000 £32500
25-75 percentile range £24000 - £28000 £22500 - £33500 £27500 - £43500

Salary of all UK Graduates of physical geographical sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23987 £23559 £28948
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27027 £18934 - £29359 £22317 - £36138

Course Description

This degree focuses on the systems and software for analysing geographic data about the world around us. You learn a range of skills such as programming and data collection, and work with technology such as satellite imagery and informatics. The degree is highly ICT-orientated and hands-on, with plenty of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art software.

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Graduate Membership.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Geographic Information Science, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Geographic Information Science BSc (Hons) at Newcastle University

20% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Conservation and environment professionals
10% Finance Professionals
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. Preference will be given to applicants with mathematical, science-based or geography A Levels. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, we require a pass in the practical element. GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 required if not offered at A or AS Level.

BBBBB at Higher Grade including Mathematics and preferably Geography. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted. Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.

At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit. A unit in mathematical studies or quantitative methods is essential. IT, Engineering Science and geographical or environmental-related units are desirable.

We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree.

32 points overall. Standard Level Mathematics or Mathematical Studies required at grade 5 if not offered at Higher Level.

Overall DDM, to include Mathematics Level III at Distinction grade.

H1H1H2H2H3 at Higher Level, to include a minimum of Grade H3 in Maths.

M2, M2, M2 in Principal Subjects. Preference will be given to applicants with mathematical, science-based or geography subjects. GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 required if not offered at a higher level.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Others
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Geographic Information Science, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Geographic Information Science BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

For information on home and international tuition fees and funding for 2021 entry, visit:

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Newcastle University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Newcastle University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #12 
    • #172 
    Environmental Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #20 
    • #26 
    Geography & Environmental Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #8 
    • #11 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #11 
    • #41 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #21 
    • #126 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

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About Newcastle University

Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.

Student composition of Newcastle University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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