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Professional Doctorate in Geographic Information Systems PG Cert/PgDip/MSc

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a broad-based education in the principles and practice of GIS. Core modules cover issues such as the representation, acquisition, management and manipulation of spatial data; spatial analysis and modelling; remote sensing; GIS in the commercial environment; spatial databases and web-based programming. Concepts and techniques are illustrated using a variety of applications.

Key benefits

- Study to PgCert, PgDip or MSc level
- Modules may be taken in 'standalone' mode.
- Available both on-campus and by fully online distance learning
- Can be taken part-time or full-time
- Flexibility to transfer between full-time and part-time, on-campus and distance learning
- Strong focus on employable and professional skills
- Extensive hands-on practice with key software
- Entirely assessed by coursework - no formal examinations
- Established course (15 years +) with excellent reputation and feedback

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-environmental-management-with-geographic-information-systems-pt-el

Course detail

- Description -

Graduates of the course are expected to have a broad overview of the field of GIS, to have extensive practical experience of GIS and related software and hardware, and be able to operate at a professional level in GIS employment.

PgDip modules cover issues such as the representation, acquisition, management and manipulation of spatial data, spatial analysis and modelling, remote sensing, GIS in the commercial environment, databases and web programming. Concepts and techniques are illustrated using a variety of applications. Students can take one optional module from a choice of GIS work experience / work-based project, GIS for environmental management, and customising GIS. Students may also opt for an environmental strand of the course.

In addition to acquiring substantial theoretical knowledge of the subject, students gain extensive practical experience using a variety of software, focusing primarily on ArcGIS but also including ERDAS Imagine, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, MySQL, OpenLayers, Geoserver, QGIS, Excel, SPSS and a number of GIS extensions and plug-ins. One of the core modules gives students experience of web-based programming languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, while an optional module in customising GIS applications introduces them to Esri ModelBuilder and the Python programming language.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Assessment is 100% by course work (no sessional examinations); a mixture of methods including practical reports, problem analysis, projects, literature reviews and essays, class tests, group work and a research project.

Students are able to use the University's extensive online resources of electronic journals, books and databases.

Career options

Successful students develop a range of skills in the management, processing, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geo-spatial data, as well as skills in project management, report writing and problem solving.

Graduates of the course have secured employment in a variety of roles in Ireland, the UK, Europe and further afield (including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Middle East), in GIS positions including technicians and analysts, development and sales, lecturing and research, within organisations such as mapping agencies and GIS companies, environmental consultancies, resource management and environmental agencies, planning, health services, housing authorities, local government, rural development, utilities and infrastructure, education, mining and retail analysis. Knowledge and understanding of geo-spatial data is also increasingly required in a variety of jobs outside of the GI profession, making a GIS qualification a valuable asset enhancing employability in a range of fields.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Geographic Information Systems PG Cert/PgDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree with a substantial component of geography, environmental science or computing. Applicants with qualifications in other relevant disciplines or with academic qualifications below 2.2 honours will also be considered on individual merit. In such cases, previous experience of GIS and competence in day-to-day computing will be an advantage, and should be explained in detail on the application form. English language entry requirements: View Website

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