School of Environment


Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science (GIScience), defined here broadly to include geographic information systems, technology, spatial analysis, practice and related theory is a rapidly developing field, both in its own right and in its connections to disciplines in the Social, Physical, Health, Biological and Earth Sciences and to Engineering.

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Professionals in a wide range of fields use geographic information systems (GIS) to turn geographic data into maps, tables and other kinds of information needed to make informed decisions. In a rapidly changing world, detailed, up to date geographic data are indispensable for governance, for commerce, and for research intended to improve our understanding of social and environmental systems.

While Geographic Information Science is not offered as a named degree at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels, courses in GIScience, Remote Sensing and Modelling are offered in the Geography Bachelor of Science (BSc) programmes and in the Environmental Science programme as well as in the Geography and Environmental Science programmes at postgraduate level. Students interested in a postgraduate programme with a GIScience emphasis should explore the options under a Bachelor of Science or Arts (Honours) in Geography or a Postgraduate Diploma in Science or Arts in Geography.

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