Ulster University
Geographic Information Systems MSc (PG)
Ulster University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

GIS and geospatial technologies underpin a rapidly growing, multibillion-dollar industry, and are becoming increasingly mainstream within the public and private sectors.

This course is designed to provide a broad-based education in the principles and practice of GIS. You will explore issues such as the representation, acquisition, management and manipulation of spatial data; spatial analysis and modelling; remote sensing; GIS in the commercial environment; spatial databases and web based programming. Concepts and techniques are illustrated using a variety of applications.

You will develop skills in the management, processing, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geo-spatial data, in various aspects of IT, in project management, report writing and problem-solving. Graduates have secured employment worldwide, including jobs as technicians, analysts, scientists, surveyors, data specialists, mapping officers, consultants, project managers, sales and marketing, customer support, GIS training, lecturing and research, and in a variety of jobs outside of the GI profession.

Professional Recognition - Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). You can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once you graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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The normal requirement is an Honours degree (2:2 or above) with a substantial component of geography, environmental science or computing, but we will consider applicants with other equivalent and relevant qualifications or experience on an individual basis.


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.

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About Ulster University

Ulster University is a publicly funded higher education institution located in Northern Ireland. The university owns and manages four main campuses: Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown, and Magee. Each campus hosts its own special facilities for the departments that occupy them, with some of the facilities between them including an award-winning Law Clinic, television and radio studios, Clinical Physiology suites, among many other well-equipped facilities.

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