Taught course

Geographical Information Systems

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Normal entry requisites are: a relevant UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) or an HND/Foundation degree and relevant experience; or relevant professional qualifications, and experience. Each application is considered individually, based on qualification and experience. Enthusiasm and commitment are also important.

Geographical Information Systems and Management; Geographical Information Systems and Environment;Geographical Information Science; Geographical Information Systems.

Months of entry


Course content

UNIGIS is a Distance Learning Postgraduate Network in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) run jointly by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. The UNIGIS network has over 20 years’ experience of success in delivering GIS postgraduate courses. Our highly regarded programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in the GI industry – or those wishing to enter the sector. UNIGIS aims to provide a deeper and balanced education in GIS.

Three separate pathways are offered up to MSc level:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Providing a broadly based postgraduate qualification in the field of GIS permitting some choice in application selection. Develop in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in applying GIS to solving spatial problems with an understanding of the constraints imposed by application area and the interactions between data, methods, people and technology.

Applied Geographical Information Systems (Applied GIS)
Helps develop an in-depth knowledge of GIS based methods for monitoring social/human and natural environments. Establish an effective understanding of the spatial interaction of social/human and environmental factors and develop the capability to extract information from a variety of sources and to analyse and assess within a GIS framework.

Geographical Information Technologies (GI Technologies)
Aids critical understanding of the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development and the methodologies for implementing those practices in a GIS context. A critical understanding of the issues involved in designing the storage and use of geographical data in databases and web-based applications is forged. Also key is proficiency in the design, implementation and evaluation of small scale database
and web-application projects.

Common units Year 1

  • Foundations of GIS
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Databases

Year 2

  • Methods in GIS (Core)

Choose two from:

  • Distributed GIS
  • Environmental Applications of GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Social Applications of GIS
  • Spatial Databases and Programming

Applied GIS
Choose two from:

  • Environmental Applications of GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Social Applications of GIS

GI Technologies

  • Distributed GIS
  • Spatial Databases and Programming

All study routes employ web-based delivery and aim to provide the conceptual and technical framework required for an in-depth understanding of GIS. Each route has either core or elective units available and all incorporate a project and dissertation which involves the design and execution of an original study.

Career prospects
As a UNIGIS student you will be joining an extensive Geographical Information Systems (GIS) community, with representatives in over 30 countries. The application of GIS is growing rapidly in areas such as urban and regional planning, transportation and land use interaction, and retail marketing.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU and non-EU international students please visit unigis.org
International students
UK/EU and non-EU international students please visit unigis.org

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

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