Geographic Information Science (MSc)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to four evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, September to July 

The Department of Geography offers an advanced and flexible Master's degree in Geographic Information Science (GISc) for professionals and researchers who work with (or those who wish to work with) geographically referenced data. The course covers the philosophical, scientific, social, policy, environmental and technological issues associated with the use of geographic information in an international context, building on the Department’s experience in teaching GISc at  postgraduate level for over 20 years.

This course will introduce you to the principles and applications of GISc at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience. You will develop the relevant theoretical background knowledge and a conceptual understanding of GISc, as well as an appreciation of the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use. The emphasis throughout this course is on enabling you to develop new skills that have real-world applications for your work and career.

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  • Designed for those without previous Geographic Information Science (GISc) experience, or for those with some experience who want to develop their theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • Brings our long-term tradition of GISc teaching to students who value face-to-face support.
  • Teaching team includes external collaborators: researchers, private GISc consultants, and GISc professionals working in private industry and public bodies.
  • Learning resources include a virtual learning environment, GIS software (ArcGIS, free to UK-based students, and IDRISI, available at student rates), GIS practicals (ESRI Virtual Campus, IDRISI and selfcontained) and e-library facilities.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
  • We offer student support and have a range of research resources.
  • Find out more about studying GIS at Birkbeck and what our students say about our geography and environment-related programmes.
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