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Geographical Information Systems & Science Masters (MSc): Learning support

How we can support you

When you arrive at Kingston, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development.

Electronic support

During the course, you will have access to:

  • your own copy of major GIS software; and
  • ESRI's Virtual Campus – which provides web-based materials for GIS self-study, including podcasts, web workshops and live presentations;
  • Canvas– our online learning management system; and
  • My Kingston  – the student intranet.


Canvas is a web-based learning management system that provides access to a host of information and material to assist with your studies. It is the main mechanism used to deliver the materials and provide support for the distance learning Geographical Information Systems and Science MSc.

Support materials include:

  • subject guides;
  • lecture notes;
  • presentations;
  • podcasts of lectures and video clips;
  • online assessment and feedback; and
  • links to valuable resources and other datasets.

Other useful features are online discussion forums (bulletin boards), a virtual classroom and a drop box (for online submission of coursework), all of which are used routinely in GIS modules. One of the main benefits of Canvas is that it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week using any computer with an internet connection, which means you always have access to your course materials.

My Kingston

The Kingston University student intranet provides a fast, easy way to find information online. It provides everything you need to know about student life at Kingston including direct links to Canvas, StudentHUB, OSIS and the iCat library search facility.

Graduate Centres

All postgraduate students at Kingston have access to the Graduate Centres, dedicated spaces for graduate students. These are ideal for private study or holding meetings. Find out more in the Facilities section.

Language support

International students can access plenty of language support, both before and during your course:

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