Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Spatial Data Science, MSc

Study Spatial Data Science, MSc at the University of Greenwich and learn technical aspects of Geographical Information Science and Systems and critically evaluate the role of spatial data.


Computing & Information Systems



  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

This programme has been designed in collaboration with representatives from industry and local government to ensure that students possess the knowledge and skills that are highly valued by employers. The degree specifically addresses the need for graduates who have a good understanding of spatial data and the more technical aspects of Geographical Information Science and Systems (GIS) including: 

  • The role of spatial data and information systems in the context of the research literature and current industry practice
  • Expertise in spatial data collection
  • Management and analysis
  • High-level technical abilities such as programming and spatial data analytics.

Students will critically evaluate the role of spatial data and information systems in the context of the research literature and current industry practice. Students will be able to demonstrate expertise in spatial data collection, management and analysis with the use of specific GIS software such as QGIS and ArcGIS. High-level technical abilities such as programming and spatial data analytics will also be taught.  The completion of an independent research project will allow students to showcase their organisational and management skills in addition to being able to critically evaluate and synthesise new and emerging concepts and techniques from a wide range of research literature.

Collaborations with local industry and government will allow students to develop interpersonal skills in addition to an understanding and experience of the relevant professional, legal, social and ethical frameworks that they will need to adhere to as professionals within the area of spatial data science.

What you will study


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Entry requirements

A good first degree or relevant professional experience. The first degree should include a quantitative component (suitable examples include Computer Science, Mathematics and Geography). 

For applicants without English as their first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) will also be required.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

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Additional information


Assessment for each course will be various forms of continuous assessment as described in the course specifications. 

The continuous assessment for each course will involve an appropriate combination of:

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Peer assessment
  • Practical work
  • Group work
  • Log books.


Possible jobs for graduates could include GIS graduate consultant, spatial analyst, GIS project manager, GIS developer and data curator. Students could also go on to further research opportunities (e.g. a PhD).

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