Geographical Information Science (distance learning)
University of Leeds
Key Course Facts
Our part-time, online GIS Masters degree will provide you with in-depth and specialist knowledge of GIS techniques. You will focus on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences.
Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business and environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and a range of data sources/techniques, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those keen to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and have the chance to explore topics including advanced spatial data visualisation, digital image processing, and geodemographics.
Students studying year one only are eligible for a PG Cert, years one and two lead to a PG Diploma, and students completing all three years are eligible for the award of MSc GISc.
For the programme, you will need a laptop or PC capable of running standard applications (such as Microsoft Word/Excel etc). The packages we will use shouldn’t need anything more than a moderately spec’d machine running Windows. Software is typically made available to you as a download or via our online environment.
Take a look at the ArcGIS Pro system requirements and use these as the basis for your laptop / computer.
Our courses are shaped by our world-leading research in areas such as geodemographics, retail planning, wilderness and remote sensing.
You’ll be taught by internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of their fields, who are passionate about the subjects they teach.
Project work enables you to develop skills as a researcher, asking and answering important questions about the way our world works.
Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from a structured support system, with a programme manager who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.
Online education provides a supportive and inclusive environment for those in employment and needing to balance study with other commitments.
We also offer a flexible Postgraduate Credit Route enabling you to build up credits over a six-year period and exit with a qualification.
Active research environment You will be taught by a team of academics and researchers who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and part of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy research group and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees taught
- no components less than 6.0
- Graduate Degrees research
- no components less than 5.5
- Undergraduate Degrees
- No components less than 5.5
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Geographical Information Science (distance learning), MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as geography, earth or environmental science, economics or a social science, mathematics, computer science or other subjects where good numeracy and/or computing skills can be demonstrated. Relevant work experience and professional training courses are viewed positively and are taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade falls below the normal minimum requirement.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|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|
|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 University of Leeds
The University of Leeds is a government funded research university based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The main campus is situated approximately one mile north of Leeds city centre, and is also close to the popular student neighbourhoods of Hyde Park, Woodhouse, and Headingley.
Student composition of University of Leeds