MSc Geographical Information Systems

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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Geographical Information Systems

Develop your knowledge of geographical information systems to map, analyse and assess real-world problems.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024
    January 2025

Course summary

  • Use your knowledge to implement geographical information systems.
  • Gain valuable skills in communication, project management and teamwork.
  • Increase your employability by working on live projects in the industry.

Geographical information systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly important to global commerce and policy. On this course we’ll explore the importance of GIS – where the acquisition, management, interpretation and analysis of geographical information is vital. Along the way you’ll gain real-world experience in a range of industrial and academic sectors, giving you the knowledge and skills you need to kickstart your career.

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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course provides a balance of academic and practical content, enabling you to use GIS in real-life, applied scenarios.

In most sessions you will be introduced to a topic in a lecture. This will then be followed by a practical session where you will work through relevant techniques using appropriate software, with focussed tutor support. 

You learn through

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

Course leaders and tutors

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Niall Gandy
Lecturer in GIS

Niall Gandy

Applied learning

Work placements

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

Live projects

On the Professional Project module you’ll take on work commissioned by a client organisation. Here you’ll engage with the client – giving you valuable real-world experience and problem-solving skills.  

Networking opportunities

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

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

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.

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

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Applied Research Methods
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Applying Gis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gis And Spatial Analysis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gis And Statistical Modelling
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Gis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Major Research Project
Credits 45
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Comparative International Planning
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Ecological Field Survey And Evaluation
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gis And The Environment
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Open Source And Online Gis
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Project
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Remote Sensing
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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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.

Additional costs for Geography courses (PDF, 332.8KB)

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Jack Lewis MSc GiS

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

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