Taught course

Geographic Data Science

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Department of Geography
Qualifications
MScPGCertPGDip

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline.

Some experience with a Geographic Information System is desirable.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Birkbeck's MSc Geographic Data Science will provide you with advanced scientific and technical training in capturing, analysing, and visualising geospatial information. Thanks to increases in computing power and availability of GPS, we can record and store an unprecedented amount of information about the world. Geographic information plays an increasingly crucial role in our society, transforming sectors as diverse as transportation, insurance, banking, telecommunications, logistics, energy, retail, agriculture, healthcare, urban planning, and scientific research.

On this programme, you will learn how to analyse and extract insights from geospatial data, uncovering hidden patterns that can help address the big challenges that we face in the 21st century. You will work with real-world data on a number of domains and problems, such as simulating the dynamics of change in the natural and built environment, spotting good locations for renewable energy plants, predicting crime hot-spots, and producing effective maps to visualise natural and human phenomena.

The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career. You will acquire key data science skills that are in high demand in industry and important tools for research in the field: geographic information systems, such as ArcGIS and QGIS; scientific programming in Python; geo-statistical and modelling in R; map-making and cartography; big data management with spatial databases, such as SQL and NoSQL; web mapping and development; remote sensing and analysis of satellite imagery; simulation and agent-based modelling.

Highlights

  • Geographic data science provides technical and transferable skills in manipulating and analysing spatial data about natural and human phenomena with cutting-edge tools and technologies.
  • If you are a mature or a working student, Birkbeck excels at meeting your needs. This is the only research-led MSc in geographic data science offering all teaching sessions after 6pm.
  • Birkbeck is a pioneer in geographic information science (GIScience) and has been teaching it at the postgraduate level for over 20 years. Our international teaching team possesses unique expertise in specialised areas of geographic data science, including big data analytics, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and urban simulation.
  • The learning resources for this course include: a virtual learning environment; educational licenses to industry-standard commercial software, such as ESRI ArcGIS and IDRISI TerrSet; the ESRI Training catalogue of online interactive modules; commercial spatial datasets; online access to relevant scientific journals.

Information for international students

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700