The Postgraduate Certificate in GIS by distance learning provides flexible GIS training, in an independent learning environment. It is aimed at those wishing to pursue continuing professional development (CPD) or to gain some GIS expertise to apply in their work context. You will gain experience in the practical application of GIS, the development and execution of spatial data management strategies and in GIS-based analysis of spatial data. The Postgraduate Certificate in GIS can be used as a building block to a diploma in GIS and a Master of Science (MSc) as students who successfully complete the certificate cab apply to join our postgraduate diploma and move on to the MSc.
Entry requirements Applicants will normally have a second class degree in any subject. Alternatively you may hold equivalent academic or professional qualifications. Applications will also be considered from those who do not possess a degree, but who have extensive professional experience. For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of a minimum standard of English is required. The usual requirement is a score of 6,5 on the British Council IELTS test, or its equivalent.
Postgraduate Certificate in GIS by Distance Learning
-Introduction to Geographical Information Systems by Distance Learning (20 Credits) provides an introduction to core GIS concepts and will equip you with practical skills and experience in the use of a state-of-the-art GIS, ESRI’s ArcMap / ArcGIS, one of the leading GIS software packages. You will be provided with a copy of the software and a license. The module is broken down into a set of discrete chucks, each of which covers a GIS application area and accompanied by a supported practical. Assessment is through an on-line question and answer test and a GIS exercise.
-Applications of Spatial Data by Distance Learning (20 Credits), introduces the different ways that spatial data and GIS are applied to real world problems and applications. The background to different areas of GIS application and supporting exercises are provided by disciplinary experts from a range of GIS domains. This module applies some of the general GIS techniques to real-world analyses and application. Assessment is through on-line tests and a project assignment that demonstrates the use of GIS in tackling a specific application.
-Small Research Project by Distance Learning (20 credits) provides the opportunity for you to develop research on a subject of your choice, for instance in areas relevant to you and your professional context. In this module you will submit a short research proposal which will be critically reviewed by members of the GIS staff and a follow up project report of 5-7000 words.
Teaching and assessment methods
Each modules has self-study materials available through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). For all modules course materials are supplied in printed and electronic form and include:
-A specially written workbook
-A selection of published textbooks
-Extracts from books and journals
Each module contains at least two assignments.