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MSc in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography

University of Glasgow - College of Science and Engineering
3.5 - 48 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Geoinformation Technology & Cartography

This Master's in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography focuses on understanding and managing the locational data required to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with visualisation and map production in a GIS environment. It is the only programme in the UK to have a significant emphasis on cartography; and our focus on the underpinning geomatics aspects and cartographic output is unique among GIS programmes.

  • Our School is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022).
  • This is the only programme in the UK that focuses on cartography. The programme has been running since 1963 and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013.
  • This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), when fully completed with the award of an MSc.

Admission requirements

Normally an Honours degree in a relevant field such as geography, earth or environmental science, planning, mathematics, or civil engineering, but other subjects will be considered. The programme requires some basic mathematical competence and a pass at Scottish Higher, GCE or equivalent in mathematics is recommended. Significant use is made of computers and IT, but there is no specific entry requirement.

Entry without standard academic qualifications, or with technical qualifications in geomatics for those with significant practical experience in related employment, will be considered on an individual basis.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Geospatial Fundamentals
  • Principles of GIS
  • Land Surveying I
  • Topographic Modelling and Landscape Monitoring
  • Academic and Professional Skills for GES PGT

Semester 2

  • Applied GIS
  • Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration
  • Principles of Cartographic Design & Production
  • Visualisation & Map Use
  • Web and Mobile Mapping
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment


  • Geomatics Msc Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • If you are seeking a career in geographic information management or cartography and have little or no academic background in this subject: or if you have a technical/practical background in the subject and are seeking an academic qualification; this programme is designed for you.
  • The MSc in Geoinformation Technology and Cartography is a one-year Master's programme aimed at those seeking a career in Geographic Information management or cartography. The focus of the course is on understanding and managing the locational data underpinning Geographic Information Systems (GIS), visualisation and map production in a GIS environment.
  • You will benefit from access to our extensive computer laboratories and the latest software, including ArcGIS and MapInfo for GIS, graphic design packages and remote sensing processing software.
  • The programme will include either attending a 3-day GIS research conference (depending on dates), or a short residential field course. Costs for this are included within the programme fee.
  • The School of Geographical & Earth Sciences has an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating the school’s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all.


  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24-48 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21-44 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 3.5 months full-time; 9-32 months part‑time




  • Full-time fee: £10,950
  • Part-time fee: £1217 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £23,950



  • Full-time fee: £7,300
  • Part-time fee: £1,217 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £15,967



  • Full-time fee: £3,650
  • Part-time fee: £1,217 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £7,983

Career paths

Career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors and there is currently high demand for GIS skills. Positions include cartographer with map publishing company, government agency, or private service agency; GIS specialist, ranging from support in large corporations (banking, insurance, retail), environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies; mapping specialist with software house or geoinformation data provider.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work for companies such as Scottish Water, Natural Power, Arcus, Harper-Collins Cartographic, BT and British Antarctic Survey. Positions include GIS Cartographer, GIS Operator and GIS Analyst

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University of Glasgow - College of Science and Engineering

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Why study at University of Glasgow - College of Science and Engineering

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. We are one of the top 100 of the world's universities.

The University of Glasgow

  • Ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022.
  • In the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022.
  • Named the Scottish University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
  • Welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide.
  • Has around 35,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Has a global community of over 219,000 alumni.
  • A major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 9,000 staff, including more than 4,800 research and teaching staff.
  • Undertaking a £1 billion estate investment to expand campus research & teaching facilities.
  • Has an annual research income of more than £168m.
  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.
  • Founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
  • Founding member of The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities.
  • Has strategic partnerships with the Universities of Columbia, Hong Kong, McGill and Sydney.
  • Has 420 study abroad and exchange partners.
  • Home to The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, one of the leading university museums in the world.
  • Has a unique partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nankai University and the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China meaning that we continue to extend our global footprint through innovative transnational education.
  • Includes among its alumni, the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.
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