f862 - Geographic Information Science BSc

Geographic Information Science BSc Honours

UCAS Code: F862 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree focuses on the systems and software for analysing geographic data about the world around us. It is highly ICT-orientated and spans technology, computing, mapping, geography and environmental management.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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You learn a range of skills such as programming and data collection, and work with technology such as satellite imagery and informatics.

The degree is very hands-on, with plenty of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art software.

This combination of practical skills and specialist knowledge makes our graduates attractive to employers and we have exceptional employment rates.

Highlights of this degree

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The teaching is done very enthusiastically. The lecturers apply what we are learning to scenarios, which means that we understand the relevance of what we're learning.

Jess, Geographic Information Science BSc Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

If you have A level Mathematics at grade B or above, you normally take the following module:

If you don't have A level Mathematics, or with A level Mathematics at grade C or below, you normally take the following modules:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take 10 credits of modules normally selected from the following:

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Geographic Information Science careers

    Geomatics involves using cutting-edge technology that will appeal to those who are looking for an exciting and professional future.

    As a geomatics graduate you will not only be highly proficient in a variety of specialised geomatics skills but also have other attributes that are applicable to many other professions. Numeracy, literacy, data handling, communication, computing and research skills will stand you in good stead whatever career you decide to go into.

    For graduates who remain in geomatics, indoor and outdoor activities are both essential and you are usually working as part of a team, developing your skills in communicating with other professionals in related disciplines.

    You will be highly proficient in data collection, analysis, management and visualisation, as well as having a sound basis in mathematics and science principles.

    Other graduates may look outside the sector, and consider a wide range of careers such as computing, management consultancy, finance, teaching or the armed forces.

    Our graduates work in a range of organisations, including:

    • specialist land, air and offshore mapping companies
    • central and local government agencies
    • cartographic publishers
    • suppliers of computer-based mapping technology and GIS
    • utility companies
    • civil engineering contractors
    • oil exploration multinationals
    • geophysical consultants

    100% of recent graduates were in work with an average salary of over £26,000. Employers include IBM, Network Mapping and Fujitsu.
    (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014–15, based on 10 respondents).

    Find out more about the career options for graduates from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

    Fees & Funding



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

    To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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    Making your application

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    Application decisions and enquiries

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