UNIGIS UK combines the teaching and research expertise of staff from two UK universities (Salford and Manchester Metropolitan)
Widely known by employers for being relevant and up to date
Flexible course delivery, web-based distance learning part-time, to fit round work commitments
The application of GIS is growing rapidly, which opens up a range of opportunities for graduates of this course.
As a UNIGIS student you will be joining an extensive community with representatives in over 30 countries.
By selecting from the range of taught modules available in the second year, you will effectively determine which of the four MSc degrees they ultimately be awarded:
This course is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. Please apply for your place via the UNIGIS UK website.
The UNIGIS courses all provide a good grounding in Geographical Information Systems, Science and Technology, but each has a different focus. Geographical Information Systems provides a broad introduction to the major aspects of contemporary GIS. Applied GIS is focused more on the application of GIS and Geographical information, in the human and natural environments. Geographical Information Technologies looks at the various technologies that underpin GI solutions.
The courses are taught in part-time distance learning mode ONLY over a period of three years. The first two years are spent on taking taught modules and the third year is for your MSc dissertation and project. The courses start in September each year.
All modules in the first year are compulsory and common to all three programmes
In the second year you will take one compulsory module and two specialist modules relating to the course you have selected to study.
For Applied Geographical Information Systems, select two modules from:
Students not wishing to continue onto the dissertation project can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Geographical Information Systems if leaving the course at this stage.
For Geographical Information Systems, select two modules from:
Students not wishing to continue onto the dissertation project can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographical Information Systems if leaving the course at this stage.
For Geographical Information Technologies, there are two compulsory modules:
Students not wishing to continue onto the dissertation project can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographical Information Technologies if leaving the course at this stage.
Entry requirements are those set by MMU:
Applicants should normally possess a relevant honours degree
Applicants with an HND and relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience in a relevant specialized field will also be considered on an individual basis.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.
The three UNIGIS courses are largely for UK and international graduates already working with GIS who wish to broaden their understanding and further develop their skills. However, those wanting to study GIS in order to change career paths are also catered for, irrespective of prior knowledge of GIS
The UNIGIS programmes are all taught via online distance learning. UNIGIS had a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment through which all course materials are delivered. You will be supplied with specialist GIS software for the practical aspects of the programme you study.
All the UNIGIS programmes are assessed by 100% coursework.
Dr Mike Wood is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management in the School of Environment & Life Sciences and is Course Leader for the UNIGIS courses at Salford. Mike’s teaching and research interests are in the application of GIS and spatial modelling techniques to support environmental decision making. For example, he has used GIS to study ecosystem services in South Asia and environmental pollution in Australia. Mike has also worked on the development of GIS-based decision support systems (DSS), including a DSS for river catchment management.
The UNIGIS programmes are particularly suited to those who wish to develop their GIS skills further to gain promotion, but many students use them as a way to get into GIS. Employment prospects are wide and include: analysts/programmers, cartographers/surveyors, consultants, GIS specialists, information technology/ information systems, lecturing, marketing, oil exploration, planning and project management.
GIS & Data Manager – Forestry Commission, Northamptonshire, UK
After completing two GIS modules as part of my undergraduate geography degree I was lucky enough to succeed in gaining employment with the Forestry Commission as a GIS & Data Manager. This role enabled my to develop the skills I had already gained. After being in post for a few years I felt that I wanted to update my skills and knowledge to include a more technical understanding of GIS. This led me to the UNIGIS UK GI Technologies course. I felt that with the direction of GIS moving towards the cloud, web based and smart phone based options learning about the theories and fundamentals behind this would be beneficial. I really enjoyed the learning style of UNIGIS with the online materials, forums and study groups. From my study group of 6, I am still in contact with three so even through distance learning I have made friends. The breadth of knowledge that the staff and modules have was fantastic and the support from the tutors was brilliant. The GI Technologies option has opened many more doors for professional career and I hope to build on the skills I have learnt with UNIGIS.
Links exist with a wide range of public and private sector companies through the organisations that our students work for. All modules in the UNIGIS programmes are recognised by the Association for Geographic Information for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The UNIGIS courses are mainly aimed at those in employment, but there are possibilities to undertake research in the area of GIS.
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|International Distance Learning||£3,900|
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|International Distance Learning||£3,950|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.
MSc (three years part-time distance learning)
PgDip (two years part-time distance learning)
PgCert (one year part-time distance learning)