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I'm an EU student and have offers for the MSc from Glasgow (Geoinformation Technology & Cartography) and Edinburgh (Earth Observation & Geoinformation Management) and I am totally torn between the two.

I've visited both cities, from this point of view I would decide on Glasgow. Edinburgh is an incredibly beautiful place, but Glasgow is just much more vibrant in my opinion.

Does anyone know more about these two GIS programmes (reputation, infrastructure, staff)? I love cartography and it seems that Glasgow is the only university in the UK with an emphasis on cartography and geovisualization, on the other hand Edinburgh seems to have a very prestigious GIS department.

Thanks for any help.
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The two courses are *very* different... Have a look at the individual modules (you should be able to find them in more detail on the websites somewhere). You need to figure out which course is best aligned with what you want.

  • Fundamentals of Geomatics GEOG5008 (20 credits)
  • Principles of Cartographic Design & Production GEOG5018 (10 credits)
  • Principles of GIS GEOG5019 (10 credits)
  • Principles of Land Surveying GEOG5020 (10 credits)
  • Topographic Mapping and Landscape Monitoring GEOG5025 (10 credits)
  • Applied GIS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
  • Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)
  • Geovisualisation & Map Use GEOG5026 (10 credits)
  • Internet & Mobile GIS GEOG5015 (10 credits)
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment GEOG5056 (10 credits)
  • Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021 (10 credits)
  • MSc Project GEOG5085P (60 credits)


Compulsory courses typically will be:
  • Spatial Modelling and Analysis
  • Research Practice and Project Planning
  • Passive Earth Observation* or
  • Active Remote Sensing*
  • Dissertation

Option courses may include:
  • Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms*
  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Sustainable Energy Technologies 4
  • Marine Systems and Policies
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Encountering Cities
  • Soil Protection and Management
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Advanced Spatial Database Methods
  • Data Integration and Exchange
  • Data Mining and Exploration
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • ICT for Development
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Querying and Storing XML
  • Water Resource Management
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Introduction to Environmental Modelling
  • Management of Sustainable Development
  • Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
  • Political Ecology
  • Epidemiology for Public Health

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