Taught course

Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing

University of Southampton · Geography and Environmental Science

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in geography or a related subject area (eg pure and applied sciences, technological or social sciences) or masters degree in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing at a global top 100* University.

Use geographical data to solve real-world problems on this master’s degree in applied GIS and remote sensing, where you’ll use the latest technology and develop key programming and analytical techniques. You'll gain the knowledge and practical skills to analyse geospatial data from remote sensing technology, such as satellites and radar, and learn to use that data to create geographical information systems. These interactive applications are used in everything from engineering and disaster management to understanding the carbon cycle.

You’ll focus on real-world problems in areas such as public health and environmental management and study two key technologies in a single programme. Your studies will be enhanced by the use of facilities such as our high-end geoprocessing suite and terrestrial laser scanning equipment.

A unique feature of the course is the chance to learn programming in both IDL (remote sensing) and Python (GIS), to allow you to automate big GIS and remote-sensing tasks. These programming skills are often required by employers in this field.

Our academics are all active researchers, so you’ll directly benefit from their latest findings, and you’ll be able to choose your own specialism through your choice of optional modules. Over the course, you'll learn the skills to work in a range of careers, from environmental consultancy to government research.

*QS World University Rankings 2023.

Information for international students

English language requirements: band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
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