Taught course

Applied Geographical Information Systems (taught with Urban Studies and Planning)

University of Sheffield · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

A good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject, or an equivalent recognised qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Our MSc Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS) will provide you with the mix of technical skills, practical experience and theoretical understanding to launch a successful career in the fields of GIS, applied policy research or spatial data analysis.

You’ll develop a wide variety of knowledge, in areas such as advanced spatial analysis, geovisualisation, policy applications of GIS in practice, and thematic mapping and cartogram creation.


Graduates work for the Office of National Statistics, Ordnance Survey, ESRI, the civil service and local government.

Core modules

Quantitative Analysis 1; Applications of GIS; Open Source GIS and Spatial Data Analysis; Research Proposal for Applied GIS; Advanced GIS Methods; The Professional GIS Project.

Optional modules

Quantitative Analysis 2; Urban and Regional Inequalities; Transport Planning; Issues in Housing; Regional Governance.

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups. You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Study with the best

The MSc Applied GIS programme is delivered by two internationally-recognised centres of excellence in teaching and learning: the Department of Geography and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programmes Officer
+44 (0)114 222 7900