Taught course

Geographical Information Systems

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

This course is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in any related discipline. Applicants must have strong IT skills

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

You will be taught by an internationally-recognised team in the Faculty's GIS Research Centre. You will gain a theoretical background to GIS, cover the necessary technical material for major aspects of GIS design and gain practical experience of GIS tools. You will also develop the organisational skills to manage GIS within departments and organisations.

The type of activities undertaken in the workplace in relation to GIS varies considerably, but typically involves the collection, storage, manipulation, analysis and presentation of geographical information. These activities may require data collection exercises in the field, maintaining structures necessary for the manipulation of data and developing systems that present information in the most appropriate way for communicating meaning given the application area, which may include linking different sources of data together. The kinds of application area vary significantly, but include producing estimates for service demand (e.g. schools), identifying regional commercial interest based on existing patterns, modelling the impact of disasters on the surrounding region (e.g. floods and disease) and determining the number of police officers required for a location based on trends within geographical information.

Information for international students

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Enquiries & Admissions
08455 194 787
01443 654 050