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) If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS: 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each section) TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 20 in each section) A degree from an English speaking university may be accepted in some circumstances. More information about other qualifications we accept is online: www.ed.ac. uk/studying/international/english

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 include*:

  • Principles of Geographical Information Science
  • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Research Practice and Project Planning
  • Introduction to Spatial Analysis
  • Near-ground Earth observations: new platforms and sensors
  • Dissertation

Option courses may include*:

  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
  • Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles
  • Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
  • Principles of GIS
  • Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Marine Systems and Policies
  • Technologies for Sustainable Energy
  • Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling
  • Geology for Earth Resources
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Advanced Spatial Database Methods
  • Data Integration and Exchange
  • Data Mining and Exploration
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • Further Spatial Analysis
  • Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
  • ICT for Development
  • Integrated Resource Planning
  • Land Use/Environmental Interactions
  • Water Resource Management
  • Participation in Policy and Planning

*Please note: courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year.

Field trip

This programme typically includes a residential field-skills weekend which has historically taken place 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


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 4657