Taught course

Environmental Drone Remote Sensing

Swansea University · School of Biosciences, Geography and Physics

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:2 degree (with 55% average) in an approved subject.

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc programme teaches the knowledge, skills and understanding to create and utilise high resolution remote sensing data for real world, practical applications, using sensors flown on drone platforms.

Students will gain the skills, experience and knowledge to operate a drone safely and within current Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. This will comprise theoretical and practical flight training and assessment. This component will be taught in part by an external CAA accredited training provider and students will graduate with the additional CAA drone/UAV remote pilot competency accreditation: General Visual line of sight Certificate (GVC).

This is a highly practical course that will equip you with skills and expertise that is highly sought after in our contemporary world. The drone industry continues to build every year. A small selection of jobs include:

  • Remote Sensing
  • Climate and Vegetation Modelling
  • Drone Photographer and Filmmaker
  • Precision Agriculture Surveyor
  • Geo-spatial Data Analyst
  • Drone 3D Modeler
  • Power Line / Infrastructure Developer
  • Rooftop Inspector
  • Search and Rescue Team Member
  • Drone Flight Instructor
  • Geographer and GIS Specialist
  • City Planner
  • Mapping Professional

Building on these skills, students will learn the complete workflow required to capture and analyse remote sensing data from a drone platform, with a focus on environmental needs. This will include the knowledge and understanding for high quality image capture, flight design and planning, data collection and image processing.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

If you're a UK or EU student starting a master’s degree at Swansea University, you may be eligible to apply for Government funding to help towards the cost of your studies. To find out more, please visit our postgraduate loans page.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Academi Hywel Teifi at Swansea University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offer a number of generous scholarships and bursaries for students who wish to study through the medium of Welsh or bilingually. For further information about the opportunities available to you, visit the Academi Hywel Teifi Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate
+44 (0)1792 295358