This course provides an introduction to web-based GIS using a range of languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


This course examines the role of programming within the GI industry. It aims to enable participants to appreciate the need for programming skills that can be used to customise and develop applications. The course is interactive and discussions about a range of programming issues are incorporated within the lectures. A range of programming skills is introduced which equip participants with knowledge of the potential and scope of programming within various applications.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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About this course

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This course aims to provide an introduction to web-based GIS using a range of languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The course will also introduce FOSS packages such as OpenLayers and GeoServer. The course introduces programming fundamentals such as forms, web pages, customisation and GIS applications. Practical work is central to learning on the course both in directed practicals and during the participants’ own time. The course aims to introduce participants to a range of programming languages relevant to the GI industry. It aims to enable participants to appreciate the role and diversity of applications of programming with specific reference to web-based GIS. The course is designed to improve presentation skills through a series of online discussions. Participants will be encouraged to consider important elements of interface design to facilitate the use of GIS applications.

Linked programmes

PgDip/MSc Geographic Information Systems, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,


100% Coursework – (1) Weekly blog discussions (5%), (2) Practical Project Plan – participants must submit a project overview prior to commencing the project. The plan will provide an overview of the web pages, data and software that will be used for the project (15%), (3) Practical Project - participants are required to produce a website relating to a topic relevant to the GI Industry. The website is expected to incorporate the range of languages introduced during the course while also demonstrating additional reading and experimentation (60%) and (4) Online Test – multiple choice questions testing knowledge and understanding of material from the course (20%).


This course is delivered online for 6 weeks starting 11 March 2019 with no on-campus attendance requirements.

Entry requirements

Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree with a substantial component of geography, environmental science or computing.

Applicants with qualifications in other relevant disciplines or with academic qualifications below 2.2 honours will also be considered on individual merit. In such cases, previous experience of GIS and competence in day-to-day computing will be an advantage, and should be explained in detail on the application form.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 11 March 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 11 March 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk.


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Geography and Environmental Sciences