MSc in Geographical Information Technologies

The Geographical Information Technologies (GI Technologies) pathway aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the software engineering practices and standards that underpin database and web application development and the methodologies for implementing those practices in a GIS context.  It seeks to develop the student's critical understanding of the issues involved in designing the storage and use of geographical data in databases and web-based applications.  Importantly this pathway also aims to develop within students the capability to design, implement and evaluate small-scale database and web-application projects.


Key learning outcomes include:

On successful completion of MSc Geographical Information Technologies, students will be able to:

  1. Summarise and demonstrate the software engineering practices underlying GIS software development

  2. Systematically explain and evaluate the principles and methods that underpin the development of distributed GIS (web-based) applications and data services

  3. Evaluate the benefits and challenges of modern geo-database technologies and their implementation in a distributed environment (e.g. web or enterprise)

  4. Compose a small-scale desktop GIS application using an appropriate programming language

  5. Plan, design, implement and evaluate appropriate methodologies to create geospatial applications in a distributed environment (e.g. web mapping applications)

  6. Design and implement a small-scale Geographical Information Technology research application


The PgD stage includes three core (mandatory) units

Research Methods in the Spatial Sciences - Geographical Information Technologies

This unit supports students in their research journey focusing on the identification of Geographical Information Technology research problems and suitable strategies (including advanced spatial analysis methods) to investigate them.


Distributed GIS

This unit will provide the student with a solid foundation in the practice of Distributed GIS and the standards required to make it effective.


GIS Programming

The aim of this unit is to provide the GIS practitioner with the theiry and skills to extend GIS by programming.


The final MSc stage involves a Project and Dissertation

This unit requires students to undertake an independent research project in the field of GI Systems, Science and Technology, and report their findings in an extended dissertation.