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Geographical Information Systems MSc-PGDip

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  • Objectives
    The purpose of the MSc/Diploma in Geographical Information Systems is to provide specialist advanced training for graduates in Geography and related subjects or those with equivalent qualifications or professional experience. Students develop knowledge and skills in the field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) within physical geography and environmental science, and MSc students learn to undertake and manage research projects in a selected topic. The MSc/Diploma in Geographical Information Systems equips students for employment and research in the field. The course has a good employment record among past graduates and an international reputation for its distinctive focus and high quality of teaching.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements * English language requirements: IELTS: 6. * Academic entry requirements: At least a good second class honours degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. geography, Computer Studies, Geology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, or other appropriate physical/computer science degree). Suitable equivalent qualifications would be considered for overseas/mature students, especially those with relevant professional experience.
  • Academic Title
    Geographical Information Systems MSc/PGDip
  • Course description
    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.

    What you study

    Across the programme as a whole, a wide range of assessment methods will be used to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways.

    The assessment methods for any individual student might include unseen examinations, essays (of varying length depending on their relative weight within a module), projects, reports, presentations or computer-based practical work.

    The taught course elements of the MSc and Diploma are made up of 120 credits of compulsory and optional 15 credit modules covering all the key aspects of GIS and their application within physical geogrpahy and environmental science. These include training in GIS concepts and theory, GIS methods, data models and data management, applications and limitations of GIS.

    In addition, the MSc students undertake a disseration worth 60 credits designed to provide research training and individual study into a specific topic.

    This brings the total number of credits to the 180 required by the University for the award of a taught Masters degree.

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