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Geographical Information Systems & Science Masters (MSc): Links with business and industry

How we work with industry partners

Studying a GIS MSc course means you'll have opportunities to be involved with organisations outside the university. GIS is used extensively in business, commerce and industry and by a wide range of organisations. The Kingston staff have developed very close links with numerous individuals and organisations which yield benefits for our students. Doing a GIS MSc degree gives you an inside look at what goes on in these organisations.

Ordnance Survey

We have close links with Britain's biggest mapping service, Ordnance Survey. The company's previous director general (Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations, non-executive director of the Satellite Applications Catapult) is a visiting professor at Kingston and there are opportunities to visit its headquarters in Southampton. This lets you find out firsthand how GIS is applied in a working environment.

The range of activities Ordnance Survey is involved in goes much further than simply surveying the country and publishing maps. It uses digital technologies and GIS for a range of research activities that are used by business, local government and emergency services.

Ordnance Survey also has a thriving research and development section and have offered placements to our students to provide valuable work experience. Many former graduates, postgraduates (and staff) have gone on to work for Ordnance Survey.

AGI conference

Our involvement with the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) conference is an example of the University's reputation within the industry. This is the largest GIS-focused conference in the UK and, each year, it invites Kingston University to speak on industry trends and host an exhibition stand. 

One benefit of this is that we are frequently approached directly by conference delegates who are looking for graduate recruits. Students sometimes also work at the event, which gives them access to a range of speakers and employers.

The GeoInformation Group

Our involvement with The GeoInformation Group is a long established partnership. Formed by one of our ex-lecturers and renowned GI expert, Dr Seppe Cassettari, the company is a leading provider of high-resolution aerial photography and geospatial information products and consultancy and training services. Our links with the Group allow us to access a range of cutting edge datasets and products to use in teaching as well as many other activities.

The Group's clients cover a broad array of professionals and it provides bespoke mapping and image databases worldwide. Its image and imagery derived products are published under the Cities Revealed brand. One of the places you're most likely to see Cities Revealed data is in Google Earth and it has even been used by the BBC for the London marathon route.

Guest speakers

GIS professionals give lectures about the latest industry developments. This means that you have up-to-the-minute information about how GIS is being applied in different working environments. Examples of recent guest lecturers include:

  • 'The use of GIS in society' by Dr Vanessa Lawrence, director general and CEO of Ordnance Survey;
  • 'GIS and Google' by Ed Parsons, chief technologist at Google;
  • 'GIS and crime mapping' by Spencer Chainey of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science;
  • 'GIS and global change' by Professor Keith Clarke of University of Santa Barbara, USA;
  • 'Research and innovation at Ordnance Survey' by Dr Doreen Boyd of Ordnance Survey;
  • 'Models of uncertainty in GIS' by Professor Peter Fisher of Leicester University;
  • 'The use of remote sensed imagery' by Dr Seppe Cassettari of The GeoInformation Group;
  • 'The role of GIS in military defence' by Major John Tate of Royal School of Military Survey;
  • 'Waste management issues' by Professor Adam Read of Hyder Consulting;
  • 'Using GIS as a tool for location planning and market analysis' by Debbie Millard of CACI;
  • 'GIS and geodeomographics' by Professor Richard Webber of CASA; and
  • 'GIS and census design' by Professor David Martin of the University of Southampton.

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