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MSc Geographical Information Systems

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  • Objectives
    UNIGIS - teaching and research expertise of staff from three universities: Salford, Huddersfield and Manchester Metropolitan Flexible to fit round work commitments - web-based distance-learning Well-respected established course, widely-known by employers
  • Entry requirements
    There are four variants of the UNIGIS MSc course which allow students to tailor their studying to fit with their interests. The courses are largely for those already working with GIS who wish to broaden their understanding and further develop their skills, but those wanting to study GIS in order to change career paths are also catered for, irrespective of prior knowledge of GIS.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Geographical Information Systems
  • Course description
    Course content

    The first year, common to all the degrees, covers the basics. Then by selecting from the range of taught modules available in the second year, students effectively determine which of the four MSc degrees they will ultimately be awarded:

    -Geographical Information Systems
    -Geographical Information Science
    -Geographical Information Systems & Environment
    -Geographical Information Systems & Management

    A dissertation, based on a piece of original research, is submitted at the end of the third and final year, completing the MSc. Leaving the course after successfully completing the first year leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in GIS, and leaving at the end of the second year to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in one of the four named courses listed above.

    Assessment
    The taught modules are all assessed through coursework. There are no examinations.

    Career progression
    Students studying on these degree courses come from a variety of backgrounds including: analysts/programmers, cartographers/surveyors, consultants, GIS specialists, information technology/ information systems, lecturing, marketing, oil exploration, planning and project management. Career opportunities are often enhanced following completion of one of the GIS MScs.

    Mode of study

    Students are expected to spend about 600 hours studying per year. As the courses are delivered through distance-learning, students can allocate study time to suit their own circumstance

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