What will I learn?

This is a flexible programme which has been designed to suit the needs of all learners. The degree has both a September and January start date.

Geospatial technologies are of increasing importance in many areas of commercial, industrial, and government employment, including nature conservation agencies, civil and coast engineering projects and marine and coastal zone management. As a result, the demand for courses in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the related technologies has grown considerably.

A recent survey suggests that demand by employers for graduates with skills in the application of geospatial technology will continue to grow, particularly in areas where the practical application of spatial knowledge and understanding to environmental problems is important.

The Geographical Information Systems programme covers the fundamentals of techniques and tools for acquiring, storing, processing, classifying, analysing, and visualising spatially referenced data, and their application to the study of the Earth. This includes:

  • Spatial databases
  • Programming
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Digital mapping and cartography
  • Airborne, satellite and UAV remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • WebGIS and Internet atlases
  • Field data capture
  • Mobile GIS

The GIS programme continues to have a very successful employment record in the commercial sector, environmental agencies, local and national government, research, and academia. Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles, including; project officers, programmers, sales managers, GIS engineer, senior consultant GIS specialist and project managers.

Career opportunities are highlighted through site visits, field trips, guest lectures, and chances to work with organisations as part of the MSc Dissertation. This programme focuses students on the acquisition of practical experience, specialist knowledge and understanding, and problem-solving skills to pursue careers in any of these fields. In addition, there is the possibility of industry suggested projects, dependent upon minimum academic requirements, and industrial input and contact with geospatial practitioners.

Which department am I in?

School of Geosciences

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£18,000.00 (US$ 22,743) per year
This is a fixed fee

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Start date

September 2020, January 2021

Venue

University of Aberdeen

Directorate of External Relations & Marketing,

King's College,

Aberdeen,

Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Online/Distance with attendance (24 months)

Tuition fees
£12,900.00 (US$ 16,299) Overall cost
This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 2 years.

This is a fixed fee

*View details on institution website

Start date

September 2020, January 2021

Venue

University of Aberdeen

Directorate of External Relations & Marketing,

King's College,

Aberdeen,

Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Arts/Humanities/Business/Social Sciences: For entry to the Master of Arts (MA) programme, students should have a minimum of: High School GPA of 3.0 Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, OR ACT composite score of 26. Entry to a Master of PhD programme usually requires the equivalent of a 2:1 (Upper Second Class Honours) British degree, or a 2:2 (Lower Second Class) British Degree. Bachelor’s degree (GPA: 3.0+) from an accredited university or college in a relevant subject. Postgraduate programmes at the University of Aberdeen and other British universities do not generally require standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc. Instead, applicants are assessed on the merit and relevance of their undergraduate studies, as well as references and personal statement. IELTS overall score - 6.5, Listening - 5.5 or above, Reading - 5.5 or above, Speaking - 5.5 or above, Writing - 6.0 or above, TOEFL iBT overall score - 90, Listening - 17 or above, Reading - 18 or above, Speaking - 20 or above, Writing - 21 or above.

For international students

Students should have 2:2 (lower second class) Honours degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Archaeology, Computing Science, Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Geomatics, Marine & Coastal Science, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Planning, Plant Science, Soil Science or Zoology. Candidates with degrees in other subject areas will be considered if they can demonstrate interest, aptitude and/or experience in a field relevant to the application of geospatial technologies. Students should have IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing - 6.0. TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21.

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About this uni

Scottish University of the Year 2019, the university is renowned for ground-breaking research and innovation.

  • Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre
  • Excellent graduate outcomes and employment prospects
  • Offers top-ranking award-winning student clubs and societies
  • Study abroad opportunities through Erasmus