University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Geoinformation Technology and Cartography (Taught)

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Course summary

This Masters in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography focuses on understanding and managing the locational data required to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with visualisation and map production in a GIS environment. It is the only programme in the UK to have a significant emphasis on cartography; and our focus on the underpinning geomatics aspects and cartographic output is unique among GIS programmes. WHY THIS PROGRAMME Our School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK, currently we are 6th (Complete University Guide 2020). Geography at Glasgow is ranked 41st in the world (QS World Rankings 2019). This is the only programme in the UK that focuses on cartography. The programme has been running since 1963 and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013. This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), when fully completed with the award of an MSc.

  • If you are seeking a career in geographic information management or cartography and have little or no academic background in this subject: or if you have a technical/practical background in the subject and are seeking an academic qualification; this programme is designed for you.
The MSc in Geoinformation Technology and Cartography is a one-year Masters programme aimed at those seeking a career in Geographic Information management or cartography. The focus of the course is on understanding and managing the locational data underpinning Geographic Information Systems (GIS), visualisation and map production in a GIS environment. You will benefit from access to our extensive computer laboratories and the latest software, including ArcGIS and MapInfo for GIS, graphic design packages and remote sensing processing software. The programme will include either attendance a 3-day GIS research conference (depending on dates), or a short residential field course. Costs for this are included within the programme fee. The School of Geographical & Earth Sciences has an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating the school’s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Semester 1 – 60 credits GEOSPATIAL FUNDAMENTALS (20 credits) PRINCIPLES OF GIS (10 credits) LAND SURVEYING I (10 credits) TOPOGRAPHIC MODELLING AND LANDSCAPE MONITORING (10 credits) ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR GES PGT (10 credits) Semester 2 – 60 credits APPLIED GIS (10 credits) GEOSPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURES AND LAND ADMINISTRATION (10 credits) PRINCIPLES OF CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGN & PRODUCTION (10 credits) VISUALISATION & MAP USE (10 credits) WEB AND MOBILE MAPPING (10 credits) REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT (10 credits) Summer – 60 credits GEOMATICS MSC PROJECT (60 credits)

Course details


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'. Classes start September 2021 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Entry requirements

Normally an Honours degree in a relevant field such as geography, earth or environmental science, planning, mathematics, or civil engineering, but other subjects will be considered. The programme requires some basic mathematical competence and a pass at Scottish Higher, GCE or equivalent in mathematics is recommended. Significant use is made of computers and IT, but there is no specific entry requirement. Entry without standard academic qualifications, or with technical qualifications in geomatics for those with significant practical experience in related employment, will be considered on an individual basis. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Geoinformation Technology and Cartography at University of Glasgow - UCAS