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MSc in Geographic Information

Birkbeck College, University of London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Course description
The Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies offers an advanced and flexible Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science (GISc) for professionals and researchers who work with (or those who wish to work with) geographically referenced data. The course covers the philosophical, scientific, social, policy, environmental and technological issues associated with the use of geographic information in an international context, building on the department’s experience in teaching GISc at the postgraduate level for over 20 years.

This course will introduce you to the principles and applications of GISc at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of GISc, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use. The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

– Designed for those without previous Geographic Information Science (GISc) experience, or for those with some experience who want to develop their theoretical and practical knowledge.
– Brings our long-term tradition of GISc teaching to students who value face-to-face support.
– Teaching team includes external collaborators: researchers, private GISc consultants, and GISc professionals working in private industry and public bodies.
– Learning resources include a virtual learning environment, GIS software (ArcGIS, free to UK-based students, and IDRISI, available at student rates), GIS practicals (ESRI Virtual Campus, IDRISI and selfcontained) and e-library facilities.
– We offer student support and have a range of research resources.
– Find out more about studying GIS at Birkbeck and what our students say about our geography- and environment-related programmes.
– Watch our video on GIS and spatial analysis.
– Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

How to apply
For more information on the course and how to apply, visit the GISc course website.

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