Taught course

Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management

University of Edinburgh · School of Geosciences

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent (http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/country for details)

Months of entry


Course content

Understand the use of Earth observation data within the context of geographical information science

Programme description This interdisciplinary programme will equip you with the analytical and communication skills to work in this important and growing field.

This programme suit students with a background in environmental or geographical sciences who have already come across remote sensing, or those with a background in physics, computer science or engineering looking for a career in an applied area.

Graduates from the programme will be well prepared to pursue a research degree or find relevant employment. This programme builds on the successful Edinburgh Geographical Information Science (GIS) degree, which was the first of its type in the world, with a heritage of almost 30 years.

Programme structure

This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Active Remote Sensing: Radar & Lidar
  • Spatial Modelling and Analysis
  • Research Practice and Project Planning
  • Passive Earth observation: New Platforms, Sensors, and Analytical Methods
  • Dissertation in Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management

Option courses may include:

  • Marine Systems and Policies
  • Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
  • Forests and Environment
  • Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
  • Principles of GIS
  • Data Integration and Exchange
  • Data Mining and Exploration
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Advanced Spatial Database Methods
  • Data Integration and Exchange
  • Data Mining and Exploration
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • ICT for Development
  • Introduction to Environmental Modelling
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Water Resource Management
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Introduction to Environmental Modelling
  • Management of Sustainable Development
  • Passive Earth Observation: New Platforms, Sensors and Analytical Methods
  • Active Remote Sensing: Radar and Lidar
  • Visual Analytics
  • Ecosystems Service Values
  • Business Geographics
  • The Ecology of Ecosystem Services
  • Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Development

Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

Field trip

This programme typically includes a residential field-skills weekend in Scotland.

Career opportunities

Graduates have entered employment with well-known organisations such as Amey Infrastructure Services, British Airways, ESRI, General Electric, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intergraph, Microsoft, Oracle, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Water, Sopra Group, SLR Consulting, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as continuing in academia. Graduates will benefit from our proven track record in placing students with such a diverse range of employers.

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Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students applying for this programme may be eligible to apply for funding. More information can be found online: Geosciences Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24, 36 months

Course contact details

MSc Programme Secretary Karolina Galera
+44 (0)131 650 2572