UK Courses - Calendar

When do the courses start?
How long does the courses last?
How much study time will they take?


The programme starts in September each year, with the academic year running through to July.


The MSc is a three year programme. Each year comprises of 60 credits of study, including core taught units in year one, specialist taught units in year two, and a research dissertation in year three.


The target completion period for the MSc is three years. If your circumstances change or your studies are interrupted, you can be allowed up to five years to complete your programme.


You will need to allocate around 1200 hours of study to the Diploma course and about 600 hours for the MSc dissertation. Distance learning, however, means that you manage your own time so you can allocate study times to suit yourself. You may find you have a couple of weeks when you can work full time on the course, then several weeks where it is difficult to fit in any work.


Course Calendar

Year 1: 


Early-mid September   Induction Meeting (attendance optional)


September - DecemberCommon Core Unit : Foundations of GIS
January - AprilCommon Core Unit : Geodata: Sources, Standards and Quality
April - JulyCommon Core Unit: Spatial Databases


Assessment Board (June/Oct)


Year 2:


September - April

Elective and Core Units

April - July

Research Methods in the Spatial Sciences Unit


Assessment Board (June/Oct)

Year 3:


MSc Research Dissertation


Assessment Board (June/Oct)