Research course

Geographical Information Science

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Geographical Information Science (GIS) provides powerful solutions to real-world problems using a range of the world’s most advanced technologies.

GIS captures, stores, manages and displays data related to positions on the Earth’s surface so you can better understand spatial patterns and relationships.

Every day around the world, GIS is being used to solve complex problems and is being integrated into almost every discipline. From population dynamics, estate planning, logistics management and telecommunications through to tracking deforestation, environmental management and predicting climate change, GIS is changing the way the world works.

Our successful MSc in Geographical Information Science (GIS) was the first of its type in the world, and has a heritage of over 30 years.

The course is continually refreshed to keep you abreast of the latest technological changes and industry trends. You will gain critical theoretical knowledge, develop strong practical skills and undertake supervised independent research, all under the guidance of our internationally recognised staff.

Many of our MSc students’ research projects are published in academic or professional journals. You will gain valuable hands-on experience within the classroom, on a field trip within Scotland where you can apply your skills and gain experience in managing a short lifecycle GIS project and through a series of events and experiences which help launch your career and establish a professional network.

There is much flexibility in the programme, enabling you to customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about. Whether you want to build apps for your smart phone or solve some of the largest environmental problems on the planet, this programme is for you

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 650 5737