Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme offers an advanced degree for professionals and researchers who work with (or those who wish to work with) geographically referenced data. The course covers the philosophical, scientific, social, policy, environmental and technological issues associated with the use of geographic information in an international context. This course will introduce you to the principles and applications of geographic information science (GISc) at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of GISc, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use. The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real'world applications for your work and career.

Course Modules

The programme comprises 8 taught modules and a dissertation. Full'time modules: Advanced topics of GIS analysis; geo'visualisation and WebGIS; GIS data and databases; introduction to geographic information systems; modelling for geographic phenomena; programming for GIS; remote sensing and environmental GIS; spatial analysis and statistics.

Course Additional Entry

Good 2nd Class Honours degree in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline. Some experience with a GIS is desirable. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £4,575  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £2,700  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £4,575  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £2,700  Academic year. First year home fees