Taught course

Landscape Ecology with Geographical Information Systems

University of Greenwich · Department of Medway Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A good first degree OR a postgraduate diploma in an ecological, scientific, geographical or environmental management discipline OR relevant personal or professional experience. • Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system. Alternatively, students can enter via the University of Greenwich International Pre-Masters' Programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme equips graduates with the skills required for professional roles involving collection, management, analysis and presentation of landscape ecology and environmental conservation datasets using Geographical Information Systems.

In both the UK and overseas the concept of landscape scale land management has gained acceptance over the last decade. The implementation of environmental conservation policies and strategies based on a landscape ecology approach is increasingly dependent on spatial data that are managed and manipulated within a GIS. As a result, the Ecological Skills Gap Project has identified a clear need for ecologists with experience of GIS and for GIS specialists with an understanding of the environmental data they are being asked to manage and manipulate within a GIS.

This programme is designed to address these skills gaps and is structured around three compulsory conservation courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management, and three compulsory courses covering the principles and implementation of GIS. Additionally students take a compulsory Professional Practice for GI course, and one optional course. The MSc programme culminates in a third term with the dissertation, an individual piece of research focused on the application of GIS techniques to a specific landscape ecology problem.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide landscape ecology practitioners and conservation managers with an appreciation of the merits and limitations of the spatial data that are potentially available to them.
  • To provide an understanding of how these data can potentially be processed and managed within a GI System; encompassing data collection strategies, errors, uncertainties, GIS modelling, and GIS decision-support systems.
  • To provide the knowledge and skills to confidently operate and manage a GI system for landscape ecology and environmental conservation data sets.


  • Techniques in Applied Ecology 1(15 credits)
  • Principles and Practice of Environmental Conservation (15 credits)
  • Introduction to GIS (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice for GIS (15 credits)
  • Techniques in Applied Ecology 2 (15 credits)
  • Advanced Spatial Modelling (15 credits)
  • Applied GIS and Remote Sensing (15 credits)
  • Landscape Ecology with GIS Individual Research Project (60 credits)
  • One option from: Environmental Impact Assessment; Ecology and Conservation of Estuaries and Coastal Zones; Open Course (15 credits)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000