Geographic Information (GI) plays an increasingly important role in many areas of our lives: environmental protection, business and marketing, communications, forecasting, modelling, agriculture, and local and regional planning.
Understanding GI systems (the software tools) and GI science (the technical discipline) is essential for effective management and analysis of spatial data.
Resources available to you include an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) lab, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, a scanning electron microscope, a cold store, a Coulter laser diffraction particle size analyser, differential GPS, and a 3D laser scanner - along with a wide range of electronic and traditional field equipment.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or several years´ appropriate professional experience.
2:1 required for a ´With Industry´ degree.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Introduction to GIS
Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
Programming for Spatial Scientists
GIS Research Methods in the Field
Spatial Information Science
In the last five months of the course, you will undertake a research project, examining in depth a topic of particular relevance to your interests and work. You will identify an appropriate sustainable management issue to investigate; develop a proposal that details your research methods; carry out a literature review; and apply the theory you have learned to produce a critically informed analysis.
Industrial placement (optional)
The MSc in GIS with Industry has the same taught modules as the regular MSc, but also includes an industrial placement of six or twelve months, designed to enhance your practical, applied skills and career prospects.
Your placement will start by July of your first year and finish no later than the May/June exam period of the following year.
You will need to obtain at least a Merit grade from half of the taught component of the course to progress to the industrial placement.
You will be required to find your own placement but will receive support from the Department.
Please note that the ´With Industry´ degree has higher entry requirements and a higher fee than the regular MSc, and is not available to part-time students.
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