Taught course

Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant industry experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Combine data, technology and science to find new solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

This unique MSC aims to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills to use and analyse Earth Observation data in conjunction with Geographical Information Science (GIS). This programme is well-embedded in a research and industry active environment, and builds on our successful MSc in Geographical Information Science (GIS) degree, which was the first of its type in the world with a heritage of over 30 years.

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 agriculture, infrastructure and transportation, mineral resource management, land use and planning, monitoring pollution, deforestation and land degradation to climate change monitoring and action.

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.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is ideal if you have a background in environmental or geographical sciences with experience in remote sensing. It is also suitable if you have a background in physics, computer science or engineering and looking for a career in more applied areas. There is a lot of flexibility in the programme, enabling you to customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Heather Penman
Email
heather.penman@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 650 8105