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Year of Entry 2021/22

Geographical Information Systems

Develop your knowledge of geographical information systems to become a well-trained professional in the area.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year / 16 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021
January 2022

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Course summary

  • Develop your capability to use, apply and understand geographical information systems.
  • Gain transferable skills such as communication skills, project management, and teamwork.
  • Increase your employability by working on live projects in the industry.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is becoming increasingly important, both nationally and internationally, in the wide range of professions where acquisition, management, interpretation and analysis of geographical information is of use. Through this applied course, you will be well placed to work in a range of industry and academic sectors.

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Work placements

Through the Professional Project module or the Major Research Project (dissertation) module, we offer opportunities to work with industry, which in the past has included organisations such as the Environment Agency, South Yorkshire Forest Partnership, Kew Gardens and United Utilities.

During the Professional Project module you have the opportunity to undertake a piece of work commissioned by a client organisation and this involves you engaging with the clients in their workplace, with different levels of contact depending on the nature of the project. In electing for this module, you will gain relevant work experience and real world problem-solving skills.

Networking opportunities

Members of the teaching team have extensive professional experience and contacts within the GIS field. This will be used to influence teaching, and also to advise you on employability-based issues in tutorials.

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Rebecca Sharpe
Dr Rebecca Sharpe
Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems

Dr Sharpe joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in 2014 continuing her research and teaching Data Analysis and Environmental Geography.

Applied learning

This course provides a balance of academic and practical content, giving you experience of using GIS in real life applied scenarios.

You learn through

  • tutorials
  • work based placements
  • live projects
  • lectures
  • guest lectures
  • a virtual learning platform
  • self-directed study
  • demonstrations and practical workshops

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
Student success story
Jack Lewis MSc GiS

"My work helps to lessen the impact of natural disasters."
Jack Lewis, MSc Geographical Information Systems.

Jack Lewis

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a range of GIS packages
  • remote sensing equipment

Entry requirements

All students

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.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


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
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applying Gis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Gis And Spatial Analysis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Gis And Statistical Modelling Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Gis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Major Research Project Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Comparative International Planning Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Ecological Field Survey And Evaluation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Gis And The Environment Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Analysis And Transport Modelling Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Remote Sensing Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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