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University of Leicester
Department of Geography


Address Leicester, LE1 7RH England
Tel. No. +44(0)116 252 3832
Fax No. +44(0)116 252 3854
Email address
Course titles Diploma/M.Sc. in Geographical Information Systems
Type of courses Full and part-time
Length of courses Full-time is 12 months
Part-time is 36 months
Date of Commencement Late September
Accommodation Accommodation is guaranteed (except for those who apply or confirm acceptance of a place very late).
Student grants/
financial assistance
Funding may be available upon application to British Council offices in the country of origin. The University offers some overseas student scholarships, please enquire for further details.
Admission requirements An equivalent of an upper second class honours degree is normally required, although relevant industrial or academic experience is taken into account. Applications from mature and overseas students are warmly welcomed. Students whose first language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in the language. (E.g. A score of 6.5 in the British Council's IELTS or 600 in TOEFL)
Class size Between 15-30
Fees (1997/8 rates)
  • EU 2610 GBP
  • Overseas 8415 GBP
  • National/Overseas
    Approximately 4:1
    Men/Women Approximately 2:1
    Age range Any age
    Contact person
    for application
    Course director Dr. M. LANGFORD


    Course/Program description

    Leicester University introduced its M.Sc. in Geographical Information Systems in 1988. Since then it has gained an enviable reputation for quality both in the UK and internationally, and is fully approved by the British Council. The course provides a broad education in the underlying principles of GIS rather than training tied to specific software. It provides a more rigorous treatment of the computer science aspects of GIS than any other GIS course in the UK.

    The course objectives are to develop: (1) an understanding of spatial information science in the context of the wider information economy; (2) skills in handling spatial data and an understanding of the concepts and algorithms involved; (3) an appreciation of data and information quality within a GIS framework; (4) an awareness of the potential and limitations of current GIS; (5) familiarity with GIS applications; (6) an understanding of the implications for the managerial and institutional framework into which GIS is placed; (7) an awareness of the importance of design and presentation skills through an appreciation of the theory of visualisation and active participation in a seminar series; (8) competence in research methodology, research implementation, and report writing.

    Teaching facilities at Leicester are excellent with a dedicated GIS laboratory and software such as ARC/INFO and ERDAS Imagine running on high-specification PCs. Career prospects for graduates remain excellent.


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