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Mrs Ewa Kedzierska

Email: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Contributing Department

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Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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Geographic Information Science MSc

The Geographic Information Science MSc is designed to educate students in the theoretical, scientific and practical aspects of geographic information science, and covers a range of topics from quantitative spatial analytical techniques to web-mapping, mobile maps and location-based services.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain a solid grounding in the scientific principles underpinning spatial analysis and the computational foundations of GIS, as well as a broader practical understanding of topics such as the analysis of GIS user needs, modern programming environments and database management systems and their application within Geographical Information systems.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

This MSc draws on internationally recognised expertise from University College London, King's College London and Birkbeck College, and from the geographic information industry. The wide range of topics available is supported by the intercollegiate nature of the programme and the unrivalled concentration of GIS experts at the University of London.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Compulsory Modules

  • GIS Principles and Technology
  • Principles of Spatial Analysis
  • Mapping Science
  • Representations, Structures and Algorithms


  • At least 30 credits of optional modules selected from :
  • Geographical Information System Design
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Data Mining
  • Web and Mobile GIS

  • Plus no more than 30 credits of optional modules (all term two) selected from :
  • Airborne Data Acquisition
  • Geodemographics and Population Geography
  • Image Understanding
  • Management/Group Project
  • Network and Location Analysis
  • Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
  • Positioning
  • Research Methods
  • Spatial Decision Support
  • Terrestrial Data Acquisition


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, practical classes, demonstrations and tutorials, and is supported by a series of external speakers from industry and visits to industrial and government establishments. Assessment is through unseen and take-home written examinations, group and individual coursework, formal and oral presentations, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students who wish to develop both the necessary analytical skills to perform research using GIS, as well as the technical skills to develop suitable systems and an understanding of the use of GIS beyond academia.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Geographic Information Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Geographic Information Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Students who specialise in geographic information systems find openings in consultancy, local government, public industry, GIS vendors and developers and the information supply industry, as well as in continued research.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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