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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary:

  • Use your knowledge to implement geographical information systems.
  • Gain valuable skills in communication, project management and teamwork.
  • Increase your employability by working on live projects in the industry.
Geographical information systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly important to global commerce and policy. On this course we’ll explore the importance of GIS – where the acquisition, management, interpretation and analysis of geographical information is vital. Along the way you’ll gain real-world experience in a range of industrial and academic sectors, giving you the knowledge and skills you need to kickstart your career. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. The course provides a balance of academic and practical content, enabling you to use GIS in real-life, applied scenarios. In most sessions you will be introduced to a topic in a lecture. This will then be followed by a practical session where you will work through relevant techniques using appropriate software, with focussed tutor support. You learn through:
  • tutorials
  • work-based placements
  • live projects
  • lectures
  • guest lectures
  • a virtual learning platform
  • self-directed study
  • demonstrations and practical workshops
Applied learning - Work placements Through the Professional Project module or the Major Research Project (dissertation) module, we offer opportunities to work with industry. Previously this has included the Environment Agency, South Yorkshire Forest Partnership, Kew Gardens and United Utilities. Live projects On the Professional Project module you’ll take on work commissioned by a client organisation. Here you’ll engage with the client – giving you valuable real-world experience and problem-solving skills. Networking opportunities Members of the teaching team have extensive professional experience and contacts within the GIS field. These will be used to influence teaching and advise you on employability-based issues in tutorials.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course. Compulsory modules Applied Research Methods Applying Gis Gis And Spatial Analysis Gis And Statistical Modelling Introduction To Gis Major Research Project Elective modules Comparative International Planning Ecological Field Survey And Evaluation Gis And The Environment Open Source And Online Gis Professional Practice Professional Project Remote Sensing

Assessment method


Entry requirements

A lower second class degree or above in a relevant subject ensures consideration for entry on to the course. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more Individuals without a suitable degree will be considered where they can demonstrate they meet the applicant entry profile and have worked for two years at a management level using GIS in the workplace, or, have a sufficiently high level of technical ability and responsibility within their role to meet the satisfaction of the admissions tutor. If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8745 Whole course
EU £14895 Whole course
Channel Islands £8745 Whole course
England £8745 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8745 Whole course
Scotland £8745 Whole course
Wales £8745 Whole course
International £14895 Whole course

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course. Postgraduate loans of up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
Geographical Information Systems at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS