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Programme Information

Both programmes are full-time, over one year, with the MSc Geospatial Analysis also offered part-time over over two years.

Download the full 2016-2017 timetable (PDF).

Term One (60 credits)

The programmes have a common first term, consisting of four compulsory modules (15 credits each) that focus on the fundamentals of geographic information acquisition, representation and analysis:

Collectively, these four modules introduce students to the fundamentals of acquiring, representing and analysing geographic information from both theoretical and practical perspectives.  Thus, graduates will be well grounded in the computational foundations of GISci and GSA, and have a broad practical understanding of topics that include: modern programming environments and database management systems; the impacts of changing technology on the implementation of GISs, such as web services and cloud computing; and the use of GISs in advanced geospatial analysis in social and environmental applications. 

Term Two (60 credits)

Students select four option modules (15 credits each) from those available to each programme.  Options include (subject to timetabling and enrolments) the following:

(Note that while these lists are updated on a regular basis, if you are interested in a specific module you are advised to contact the programme director or module coordinator to confirm it will be available) 

Note also that there are some key differences in the modules available on the two programmes.

Geographic Information Science (GISci) Geospatial Analysis (GSA)

Core modules – choose at least two:

Spatial Databases & Data Management
Spatio-Temporal Analysis & Data Mining
Web & Mobile GIS - Apps & Programming

Please contact the Geography Departmental Office to request an up-to-date list of available modules (

Chose a maximum of two

Applied Building Information Modelling

Image Understanding

Terrestrial Data Acquisition

Term 3 (60 credits)

Students choose an individual project to complete over the summer.  This project is designed with the support of an academic supervisor who will normally be drawn from each programme’s host department.  The project is evaluated using a 15,000 word dissertation and a poster presented to other course members and teaching staff. 

Field Courses

Whilst neither MSc programme involves residential field courses, visits to governmental establishments and private companies may be organised to provide greater insight into current best practices. 

Textbooks and Journals

References are provided on a module-by-module basis, typically making use of UCL’s Moodle-based virtual learning environment.  Much of the material used on the programmes is available online.  Additionally, library facilities are available at UCL (in particular the Science Library in the DMS Watson building, but at other libraries such as the Bartlett Library in Wates House, the University of London (Senate House Library), and Birkbeck College.


Students are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the numerous seminar series run by the host departments, other departments and research centres within UCL, and other colleges of the University of London.  See [here:] for details.

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