School of Geography
The School of Geography is one of the largest and most successful in Britain. We have over thirty-five academic staff with a wide range of academic interests and a long history of academic and applied research. The School’s international reputation for its research was recognised in the last (2001) HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise with the award of a prestigious 5 rating. We were also rated as ‘Excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise.
Excellent facilities for research are available within the School including extensive computing and GIS facilities, well-equipped and staffed physical geography science laboratories, a large map collection and a growing availability of on-line and digital information through our Geographical Resources Unit. In addition postgraduates benefit from the facilities provided by one of Britain’s leading universities. Close contacts exist with many industrial, commercial and public sector organisations. The School also maintains an active research seminar series. Drawing on the combined resources of the department, faculties and the University we are able to offer a broad-based and expert programme of research training, approved by the relevant Research Councils (ESRC and NERC), in both human and physical geography. In human geography our Masters programme was awarded the important ‘Research Training’ status by the ESRC in 2002, identifying it as an approved route to PhD research.
Over the past few years we have established a record as one of the most successful Geography departments in Britain for attracting NERC and ESRC funding, both for research and research studentships, including CASE awards.
In addition to specialist geographical training and education we provide facilities for training in fields such as project management, teaching and learning, presentation skills and computing.
How you study
Year 1: (Postgraduate Certificate)
Principles of GIS
* The main concepts and data models that underpin GIS
* The analytical functionality of GIS
* The utility of GIS in selected ‘real world’ applications
Using Databases and GIS
* The value of database systems and how to use them
* The functionality and spatial analytical powers of PC-based GIS
* How to use databases and GIS, including data entry, manipulation, editing, analysis and mapping
GIS and Spatial Analysis
* The analytical functionality of GIS and the limitations of GIS packages
* Understanding the range of new techniques for data analysis (linked to GIS)
* How simple statistics and models can increase GIS intelligence in spatial analysis
GIS in the Workplace
* GIS project design and management, including implementation issues and problems
* How to identify a potential application of GIS in your workplace
* End-user needs; data/software requirements; human/organisational
What you study in year 2: (Postgraduate Diploma)
You choose two modules from the following streams:
Retail Decision Support Systems
Geodemographics and Database Marketing
Health(UL)GIS for Analysis of Health
GIS for Health Care Management
GIS for Environmental Management
Applied Environmental GIS
GIS and Planning
Census Analysis and GIS
The Health and Environment streams are taught by the University of Southampton.
Introduction to Java Programming
GIS and Geocomputation
GIS Programming and Customisation
In year 3 to complete the MSc, you undertake a dissertation research project.