The MGI course is a face-to-face and globally delivered distance-learning course focussed on GI as a business, professional and scientific resource for GIS. It is aimed at those who want to build their practical and theoretical knowledge of GI/GIS and has an emphasis on next generation GI issues such as interoperability, intellectual property law, g-business, information visualisation and location-based services for mobile commerce. A team of teaches the course internationally acknowledged experts in GI/GIS including Joseph Wood, Jason Dykes, David Rhind and Jonathan Raper. Between them the team have authored a number of a number of recent GIS books including, Spatial Programming with Java (2002), Geographic Information Systems and Science (2001) and Multidimensional GIS (2000), and they have produced a number of widely-used GI software tools including Landserf and panoraMap.
The course is now entering its third successful year of operation with a student cohort of 50+. In addition to the full-time face-to-face mode in London, the course can be studied either full-time or part-time in distance mode via the web. The course offers access to a wide range of online learning resources through a dedicated Web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) and online literature portal. Students can purchase major GIS software at highly discounted rates as part of their study programme.