Taught course

Applied GIS

University of Sheffield · Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is taught jointly between the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Department of Geography.

About the course

Our MSc Applied GIS will provide you with the mix of technical skills, practical experience and theoretical understanding you need 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.

Autumn semester

Core modules:

  • Data, Visualisation and GIS
  • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
  • Open Source GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Application of GIS

Spring semester

Core modules:

  • Research Design for Social and Spatial Analysis
  • Advanced GIS Methods
  • The Professional GIS Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Transport Planning
  • Issues in Housing
  • Cities of Diversity

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups. You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments and a dissertation. Assessments methods on this course will vary per module but can involve group work, presentations, individual reports or essays and portfolios, or a combination of these.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programmes Officer
+44 (0)114 222 6920