Taught course

Geographical Information Systems MSc (Campus and Online)

University of Aberdeen · Geography and Environment

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, September

Course content


GIS has been traditionally used to provide layers on maps to identify specific issues but it came into its own with the advent of Smart phone technology due to the range of uses in real time that a user could have in finding and detecting specific things. You study growth Industry 4.0 technologies like remote sensing, GIS, visualisation, digital mapping, spatial databases, programming, simulation modelling, airborne satellite, UAV, remote sensing, digital image processing, and cartography. The programme covers techniques and tools for acquiring, storing, processing, classifying, analysing, and visualising spatially referenced data, and their application to the study of the Earth. You will use state-of-the-art hardware and software in a dedicated classroom to explore the different technologies and their applications.

Courses include: Spatial databases, Programming, Simulation and modelling, Global Positioning (GPS), Digital mapping and cartography, Airborne satellite and UAV remote sensiing, Digital Image Processing, Geographical Information Systems (GIIS), WebGIS and Internet Atlases, Field Data Capture and Mobile GIS

There are two deliveries for this programme. You can either study it on campus or online. The online delivery is part time and starts in either January or September.


Industry Links and Careers

The programme has been developed by an Advisory Board which is made up of experienced individuals from across a nunber of key indusries including oil and gas, the local authority, Fisheries and others. See programme page for more information

Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You develop knowledge that will open up business opportunities and get the chance to visit and study a case study presentation from Aberdeen Harbour Board, the UK oil and gas industry's key port
  • You can join the Association for Geographic Information, the Remote Sensing Society, the British Cartographic Society RICS and the UK Hydrographic Society

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September, January
  • Delivery – Campus
  • Study Options – Full Time, Part Time
  • View English language requirements from the programme page
  • View entry requirements from the programme page
  • Campus Open Days
  • Virtual Open Days

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months


20 months
part time
20 months
full time
9 months


8 months
full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

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