Taught course

Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

University of Sheffield · Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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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).

Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 degree, although evidence of work experience or other activity is generally expected.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc will develop your knowledge in a wide variety of areas such as advanced spatial analysis, geovisualisation, policy applications of GIS in practice, and thematic mapping and cartogram creation.

The course places a strong emphasis on applying your skills. It draws on the extensive expertise of teaching staff in the Departments of Geography and Urban Studies and Planning to develop your analytical and technical skills in using GIS software. You'll also be immersed in the practical applications of GIS and its potential to solve real-world problems.

We'll show you how to apply your knowledge and skills in the real world so you're ready for professional practice.

Our teaching staff have contacts with employers across a range of relevant industries, including GIS, planning and surveying. We also have strong partnerships across academia, and with local and national government and private sector employers. Maximising the employability of graduates is a core aim of this MSc.

Our graduates typically go on to work for organisations such as the Office for National Statistics, Ordnance Survey and ESRI, as well as the civil service and local government. Others go on to PhD study in GIS or spatial analysis.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

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

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 6900