Kingston University Centre for GIS
Distance Learning Programme
Frequently Asked Questions about the GIS distance learning modules/course.
1. What is the GIS
Professional Training Programme?
This is a non-accredited programme of study offered by Kingston University. It was established in 1989 and some
1000 students have participated in the Programme. The modules are offered via distance learning and currently
are marketed, on behalf of Kingston University, by The GeoInformation Group (TGG), Cambridge. TGG also
include the Training4GIS division.
2. Course – modules: what's the difference?
Currently there are eight distance learning GIS modules on offer from Kingston University. You may choose to
study one or more modules. Each individual will be different in their choices, however, most students choose
either to study one or more modules.
A distance learning module comprises 10 units with notes, exercises and assignments.
3. Who is eligible to enrol on the GIS Distance Learning modules?
There are no pre-requisites for these modules. You do not need either A levels or a degree to enrol on this
Programme. It is helpful if you are working in a GIS environment but it will not preclude you from starting the
course if you do not.
A number of people have enrolled on the course who either have little, or no IT, or GIS experience. Full
instructions are included with each module for any associated software.
Many students have been able to gain employment in the GIS industry after completing the Distance Learning
GIS modules as well as developing their GIS hands-on experience. Some have also chosen to study for the MSc
Applied GIS offered by Kingston University or the MSc offered by the UNIGIS Programme (there is a separate
question/answer about this later).
4. How do I enrol?
It is necessary to complete an enrolment form and send it to The GeoInformation Group with the correct payment.
Payment can be by invoice or a cheque made payable to The GeoInformation Group. The enrolment form