Taught course

Conservation and Geographical Information Systems

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. The course assumes that students will have some basic GIS skills before starting the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) has emerged as an important analysis tool for natural conservation management worldwide. Increasingly, government agencies and industrial environmental companies want employees with a technical understanding of GIS and an
advanced knowledge of conservation issues and techniques.

Our course content draws heavily on staff research interests, including remote sensing and forestry management, land use change and the application of object-based image analysis to conservation issues. There is a strong emphasis on studying international conservation issues such as deforestation, wildlife conservation and natural resource management. Other areas include the use of GIS for internet and mobile applications, and remote sensing in forestry management.

An MSc project will enhance the knowledge and skills you gained during the taught modules and develop your field of expertise. You will gain theoretical and practical experience of the latest, industry-standard GIS and remote sensing software, in dedicated computer labs.
Software includes all ESRI, Leica and Definiens products. Emerging technologies such as Airborne and Terrestrial Lidar scanning are studied, with particular emphasis on their use in forestry management.

This award is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the Environment and Resources Professional Group. This allows graduates to progress to chartership following completion of the RICS assessment of professional competency.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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