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Introduction to QGIS (Online)


This one-day online course provides a practical introduction to QGIS: a free, open-source Geographic Information System.

This course covers the core principles underpinning vector-based geographic data analysis and demonstrates the value of data interrogation, analysis and visualisation in a GIS environment. Short lectures will be interspersed with hands-on practical exercises throughout the day to take participants from an introduction to the software through the creation of professional outputs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work with your own data and seek advice regarding your own projects throughout the day.

Next course – 31 October 2023 – Book Introduction to QGIS

Is this course for me?

This course is aimed at participants who are new QGIS and want to learn the basics of navigating the programme, handling data, analysis and visualisation. Users of other available GIS software may find this course beneficial in transferring existing GIS skills, however no prior knowledge of QIS software is assumed for this course with detailed instructions provided. Basic IT skills are required.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Source, download and load data into the QGIS environment.
  • Prepare data sets for geographic analysis.
  • Interrogate and query both spatial and none-spatial data.
  • Apply a range of spatial analysis techniques.
  • Create professional map outputs and visualisations.

Course Tutor

Ryan Urquhart is a Teaching Fellow in Data Science at the Consumer Data Research Centre based at the University of Leeds. Since 2017 Ryan has been studying for his PhD, focussed on commercial spatial data analysis, with the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and is due to submit late 2022. During his time at the University he has contributed to academic research with journal publications and has supported in the delivery of student education across undergraduate and postgraduate level courses. Prior to PhD studies he completed an MSc in Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy at the University of Leeds Business School after studying BA Journalism at the University of Derby.

CPD Accreditation

This training course is CPD certified. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) describes the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities throughout their careers. 

Completing CPD-accredited courses encourages individuals to maintain consistent and high standards, making it easier to demonstrate commitment and dedication to personal and professional development and for individuals to build a career progression plan.

More information about CPD can be found here: https://cpduk.co.uk/explained

Further Information

Next course – 31 October 2023 – Book Introduction to QGIS

This Introduction to QGIS course is being offered as an online session. The CDRC offers this course twice a year with the option for face-to-face learning available in the spring. Further details about our spring workshop for the course is to follow.

If you have benefited from our Introduction to QGIS course and want to continue your learning journey, or already have a basis QGIS, the CDRC will be offering an Intermediate QGIS training course on 5th of December. More details on our spring 2024 dates is to follow.