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Course summary

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. Future careers This course prepares you for a career as a:
  • researcher
  • statistician
  • strategic analyst
  • data analyst in a range of fields
  • GIS technician
  • planner
  • environmental modeler within a range of disciplines
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in
  • environmental and ecology fields
  • hazard and risk management
  • transport
  • logistics
  • planning departments
  • housing
  • emergency services
  • health authorities
  • public health
  • education
  • research

Modules

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

Coursework


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.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If 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.

Please click the following link to find out more about English language requirements for this course

https://www.shu.ac.uk/Courses/Geography-and-environment/MSc-Geographical-Information-Systems/Full-time/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Our postgraduate fees vary depending on course, level and mode of study. Each postgraduate course page tells you how much the tuition fees are, and what additional costs you might have to budget for during your studies. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Geographical Information Systems at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS