The MSc Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management aims to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills to use and analyse Earth observation data in conjunction with geographical information science.
This unique programme is well-embedded in an active research and industry environment, and builds on our successful MSc Geographical Information Science degree, which was the first of its type in the world with a heritage of over 30 years.
What is Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management?
Geographical Information Science (GIS) captures, stores, checks and displays data related to positions on the Earth’s surface so you can better understand spatial patterns and relationships.
Earth observation involves the gathering of information about the Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems using remote sensing technologies such as satellites.
Earth observation is growing in social, economic and political importance by helping us better understand and manage the earth and its environment in areas such as:
- infrastructure and transportation
- mineral resource management
- land use and planning
- monitoring pollution
- deforestation and land degradation
- climate change monitoring and action
What will I learn?
Through the programme you will be equipped with critical theoretical knowledge, develop strong practical skills and undertake supervised independent research, all under the guidance of our internationally recognised staff.
The programme is continually refreshed to keep you abreast of the latest technologies as well as anticipating trends and innovation ideas which is essential in this rapidly growing sector.
You will gain extensive experience applying Earth observation data ‘in the field’ including remote sensing, as well as benefit from access to projects that involve the use of equipment such as survey-grade GPS and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Specialised expertise in the use of remotely sensed data as part of larger geospatial data management is increasingly sought in graduates.
The MSc Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management has been specifically designed to give you a unique and thorough understanding of this relatively new and rapidly expanding field.
You will benefit from our proven track record in helping students progress to roles with a diverse range of employers in the public, private and third sectors.
The programme has excellent relationships with relevant employers, as well as a diverse alumni network. We provide a dedicated careers event, with contacts in industry giving you informative information on the current market and an insight into potential employment opportunities.
Examples of the organisations our graduates have gained employment include:
- the European Space Agency
- the British Antarctic Survey
- Woodland trust
- various NGO and governmental agencies
This MSc programme comprises:
- compulsory and option courses
You will be taught by leading experts in the field, including both university academics and professional colleagues with many years of experience in the fields of Earth observation and GIS.
You will also have opportunities to attend professional seminars and conferences to understand more about the Earth observation and GIS industry.
Throughout the programme, your teaching team will work with you to prepare for the dissertation project. This will be your opportunity to explore a topic of your choice in relation to the programme.
You will experience a range of teaching styles while you are studying, depending on the subject matter and courses you are taking.
Courses can be delivered through a mix of teaching and learning styles including:
- computer-based practicals
- group work
Please view each relevant course for teaching and assessment methods.
Changes to teaching and learning
We are committed to offering a high-quality education to all our students. Please be advised that there may be changes to course options and delivery, including due to Covid-19.
Changes to how we deliver teaching and learning experiences will be made to safeguard the health and safety of our students, staff and community, and to ensure we can maintain the highest standards for educational experience.
Although we endeavour to provide a wide range of optional courses to choose from, these can be subject to change or cancellation at short notice.
Places on optional courses can be limited, due to course capacity and timetabling constraints. It may not be possible to guarantee every offer holder their top choice of optional courses.