Taught course

Geographical Information Systems

University of Aberdeen · Geography and Environment

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 (lower second class) honours Degree or equivalent, in Archaeology, Agriculture, Computing Science, Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Geomatics, Marine Science, Physics, Planning, Plant Science, Soil Science or Zoology.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Building on 25 years of excellence in postgraduate teaching of remote sensing, GIS, visualisation, digital mapping and cartography, this programme promotes the integrated study and application of the geospatial technologies through theory and practice, combining core techniques, programming, practical skills and environmental applications. To facilitate your learning experience you will use state-of-the-art hardware and software in a dedicated classroom to explore the different technologies and their applications. The programme draws upon a wide range of international, national, and local expertise in the coastal and marine sciences, landscape ecology and landscape change, archaeology, integrated coastal management, offshore, hydrographic and underwater survey, renewable energy, geology and hydrocarbon exploration, environmental risks and hazards, marine and terrestrial spatial planning, precision agriculture, climate change, and field data collection. Tools and techniques used include underwater remote sensing, image data acquisition using UAVs, mobile GIS mapping, and spatial Apps.

Geospatial technologies are of increasing importance in many areas of commercial, industrial, and government employment: for example in nature conservation agencies, hydrocarbon exploration, offshore and hydrographic survey, oilfield exploration and management, environmental consultancy, civil and coastal engineering projects, environmental modelling, precision agriculture, and marine and coastal zone management.

In recent years the demand for courses in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the related technologies has grown considerably. A recent survey suggests that demand by employers for graduates with skills in the application of geospatial technology will continue to grow particularly in areas where the practical application of spatial knowledge and understanding to environmental problems is important.

The Geographical Information Systems programme covers the fundamentals of techniques and tools for acquiring, storing, processing, classifying, analysing, and visualising spatially referenced data, and their application to the study of the Earth. This includes spatial databases, programming, simulation, and modelling, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), digital mapping and cartography, airborne, satellite and UAV remote sensing, digital image processing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), WebGIS and Internet atlases, field data capture, and mobile GIS.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
20 months
full time
9 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Admissions Unit
+44 (0)1224 272515
+44 (0)1224 272818