Taught course

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Distance Learning

University of Leeds · School of Geography

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in geography or a related subject. Access to a personal computer with a good, reliable broadband connection. Access to the following software: Adobe Acrobat Reader an internet browser Microsoft Office or an equivalent open source package Windows operating system (2000, XP, Vista or 7, 8 or later) You will also need to buy course-specific software at an additional cost. Relevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement. If you’re interested in this programme but are unsure if you have the necessary background, please get in touch with us to discuss your position.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

This innovative programme combines expertise from the universities of Leeds and Southampton, both renowned for their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaching and research. It builds on the University of Leeds’ considerable experience in successfully delivering taught Masters programmes in GIS and draws on the University of Southampton’s expertise in teaching GIS in non-traditional settings.

The programme is designed to meet a wide range of requirements, covering areas of specialisation as diverse as business, environment, health and planning and is well-suited to an international audience.

It offers open distance learning for people working in commercial or public sector organisations, who need core training and skills development, as well as those who simply want to study in their own environment and at their own pace.

You’ll benefit from tutor support and online discussion with fellow-students, and will have access to online resources at both universities.

More information

The Business, Planning and Developer streams are taught entirely by the University of Leeds, the Health and Remote Sensing streams are taught by the University of Southampton and the Environment stream is taught jointly by both universities. If you choose an environment, health or remote sensing stream you will complete your dissertation and graduate with a qualification from the University of Southampton. If you choose any of the other streams you will graduate with a qualification from the University of Leeds. Read more about the programme on the GIS Online Learning website.

Information for international students

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact our Admissions Team.

Fees and funding

UK students
PG Cert: £3,200; PG Dip: £6,400; MSc: £8,000

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
distance learning
24 months
full time
9 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)113 343 6827