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Geographical Information Science MSc

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Programme description

Geographical Information Science (GIS) provides powerful solutions to real-world problems using a range of the world’s most advanced technologies.

GIS captures, stores, manages and displays data related to positions on the Earth’s surface so you can better understand spatial patterns and relationships.

Every day around the world, GIS is being used to solve complex problems and is being integrated into almost every discipline. From population dynamics, estate planning, logistics management and telecommunications through to tracking deforestation, environmental management and predicting climate change, GIS is changing the way the world works.

Our successful MSc in Geographical Information Science (GIS) was the first of its type in the world, and has a heritage of over 30 years.

The course is continually refreshed to keep you abreast of the latest technological changes and industry trends. You will gain critical theoretical knowledge, develop strong practical skills and undertake supervised independent research, all under the guidance of our internationally recognised staff.

Many of our MSc students’ research projects are published in academic or professional journals. You will gain valuable hands-on experience within the classroom, on a field trip within Scotland where you can apply your skills and gain experience in managing a short lifecycle GIS project and through a series of events and experiences which help launch your career and establish a professional network.

There is much flexibility in the programme, enabling you to customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about. Whether you want to build apps for your smart phone or solve some of the largest environmental problems on the planet, this programme is for you.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Career opportunities

Demand for GIS expertise continues to develop at an unprecedented rate.

The proven ability of our graduates means our internationally recognised programme is held in high regard by our employers. The vast majority of our students gain employment before completing the programme or within a few months of graduating.

The expertise gained on this programme will enable you to pursue a career in many fields, including surveying, illustration and 3D visualisation, digital archiving, heritage management, terrain modelling, database management, geomatics or IT consultancy as just some examples. Our graduates have been very successful gaining employment around the world in a variety of public and private sector organisations. Types of roles include GIS analysts, data managers, product development engineers, conservationists, and as geomatics specialists.

Tuition fees

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£ 28,150per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    15th

  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

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