Taught course

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

University of Leeds · School of Geography

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree in geography or a related subject at 2:1 (hons) or its equivalent.

Relevant work experience and training courses are viewed positively and are taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade falls below the normal minimum requirement.

Students without a background in geography but who have a degree that demonstrates good numeracy and/or computing skills are encouraged to apply.

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)

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, including regular newsletter updates, and online discussion with fellow-students, and will have access to online resources at both universities.

Qualification and course duration


36 months
distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 8109