Taught course

Geographical Information Systems

University of Aberdeen · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

A 2:2 (lower-second) honours degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Archaeology, Computing Science, Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Geomatics, Marine & Coastal Science, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Planning, Plant Science, Soil Science or Zoology.

You can also apply if you have:

a degree in another subject area and can show your interest, aptitude and/or experience in a field relevant to the application of geospatial technologies.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Learn practical GIS skills and how to analyse spatial data.

Join a university with over 30 years of excellence in postgraduate teaching of remote sensing, GIS, visualisation, digital mapping and cartography.

Geospatial technologies are of increasing importance in many areas of commercial, industrial, and government employment. This includes nature conservation agencies, civil and coastal engineering projects, and marine and coastal zone management. As a result, the demand for skills in GIS and related technologies has grown considerably.

In this GIS degree, you’ll study the techniques and tools for acquiring, storing, processing, classifying, analysing and visualising spatially referenced data, and their application to the study of the Earth.

You’ll cover:

  • 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
  • Mobile GIS.

Information for international students

English language tests and scores

If you do need to provide English language test scores, these are the tests and minimum scores we accept for this course or degree.

These are our Postgraduate Standard requirements.

IELTS Academic, IELTS UKVI Academic, and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)

6.5 overall

5.5 for listening, reading and speaking

6.0 for writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

90 overall

17 for listening

18 for reading

20 for speaking

21 for writing

TOEFL DI code is 0818

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency

176 overall

162 for listening, reading and speaking

169 for writing

LanguageCert Academic/LanguageCert Academic SELT

70 overall

60 for listening, reading and speaking

65 for writing

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken) – Online / In-centre

Overall High Pass

33 for listening, reading and speaking

38 for writing

Oxford ELLT Digital – English Language Level Test Online

7.0 overall

5.0 for listening, reading and speaking

6.0 for writing

PTE Academic (online test not accepted)

62 overall

59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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