university of leeds
Master of Science Course in Geographical Information Systems
Faculty of Environment Year 2014/15 Qualification MSC Entry requirements Normally at least a good second class honours degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. Geography, Computer Studies, Geology, Earth Science, Environmental Studies or other appropriate physical/computer science degree). Suitable equivalent qualifications will be considered for overseas students and those with relevant work experience. For further information please see the School of Geography website. How to apply Applications can be made online or by completing a paper application form. For further information about the application process and all aspects of postgraduate study at Leeds please see the Prospective Students web pages. Fees More information about fees can be found at http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/msc-in-gis/ Modes of study and duration of the course 12 Months Full Time Why study? The programme focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience) with particular reference to the socio-economic and environmental sciences. It offers opportunities for fieldwork, industrial work-placements and research projects in co-operation with outside bodies and in certain cases, the chance to study abroad under EU and WUN exchange programmes. It will provide you with skills that are in high demand by employers in the GIS/GIScience sector. This course has been formally recognised by the ESRC (Environmental Sciences Research Council) as a suitable advanced training programme for ESRC 1+3 doctoral studentships (one year Masters training followed by three years PhD study). It therefore offers an excellent route into further study as a postgraduate researcher. What you study Core modules provide an introduction to GIS, a rapidly evolving area within business, health, planning and retail environments. You will study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture and spatial analysis and modelling. You will be introduced to various database packages and GIS systems that are very useful for those wishing to undertake social and environmental science research as well as those who want to have an understanding of the application of geotechnology as practitioners. Practical classes allow you to have hands-on experience with a range of systems including Microsoft Access, Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID) and other web-based data sources such as CASWEB, UKBORDERS and NOMISWEB. Modules studied may include: Principles of GIS Introduction to GIS Quantitative and Spatial Methods Geographical Information and Planning GIS and Environment Census Analysis and GIS Introduction to Java programming Qualitative Research Methods Learning and assessment Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally. Assessment is by course work only. Career opportunities The main career paths are into GIS consultancies, local government research, health authorities and public and private service industry, as well as academic research. Who do I contact to visit the department? The University is holding a Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 29th November 2013. Please contact the Student Education Service Assistant (Admissions) for further information. Contact details below. Contact for further information Student Education Service Assistant (Admissions) Tel: 44 (0 in UK ) 113 34 36827 Email: [email protected] www.geog.leeds.ac.uk Other information The School of Geography is one of the biggest and best in British higher education with over 35 academic teaching staff and a similar number of research and support staff. Our work is internationally recognised and influences the policy of governments and international organisations. The quality of the School's wide-ranging research was recognised in the 2008 RAE where 95% was classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally recognised' and ranked fourth in the UK for research power.