Kingston Centre for GIS (CGIS)


In 1989, Kingston University offered the first GIS undergraduate degree in the world; this was followed by several MSc and PhD research degrees and there are now strong and active undergraduate and postgraduate groups within the Centre. Staff are also actively involved in Research and Consultancy. Kingston is the UK's foremost centre for GIS education and training, with one of the largest GIS programmes in Europe.

In addition to several dedicated computer labs equipped with GIS software and specialist hardware across the University, there is a dedicated GIS and remote sensing computing laboratory linked to the University network. The GIS teaching laboratories at the University have a large number of computers with a range of the latest GIS and remote sensing software installed.

GIS staff are world renowned experts in their field and are committed to ensuring you get an unparalleled experience whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, via Distance Learning or on one of our Summer School courses.

GIS Courses Offered at Kingston University


Each student is allowed copies of ESRI's ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine and LPS software through the university's license agreement.

These applications as well as many others are available in our well equipped GIS lab that is specifically for the use of GIS students

Students also have free access to ESRI's online courses through Virtual Campus. These courses can be studied any time, at home or university, and are regularly updated to allow you to stay current with the latest industry developments.

The university subscribes to many GIS related E-journals and students can access them here as well as Journal of Maps.

We have access to a large archive of on-site and internet based subscription data that is available to all our students for use in their studies. This includes a large selection of high quality Ordnance Survey data, as well as materials available as a result of our close relationship with other data provision companies.


The university is proud to be associated with both Ordnance Survey and ESRI in awarding prizes to undergraduate and postgraduate students for outstanding project work.

Guest Lectures

The Centre for GIS frequently invites experts from academia and industry to give guest lectures.
Details of these will appear here


Postgraduate Researchers

  • Nicholas Allo - Exploring the potential of geodemographic marketing tools in Third World and developing countries: Nigeria case study
  • Matt Smith - 3D Interactive technology and the museum visitor experience
  • Kebba Touray - The application of Geographical Information Systems in mapping the distribution of tuberculosis cases in The Gambia

Research Associates

  • Dr Richard Armitage GIS Lecturer, University of Salford
  • Dr Doreen Boyd Senior Lecturer, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Tim Linsey Head of Educational Technology Unit, Kingston University
  • Dr Neil Lucas GIS/Statistician, University of Wales Swansea
  • Professor Munir Morad Dean Faculty of Science & Technology, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Dr Kate Taylor Honorary Research Assistant, Kingston University
  • Dr Edgar Samarasundera Honorary Research Assistant, Kingston University