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There is ever-growing national and international demand for qualified professionals and scientists who have expertise in one or more domains of social and environmental modelling and GIS-based spatial analysis and decision support. Read more
There is ever-growing national and international demand for qualified professionals and scientists who have expertise in one or more domains of social and environmental modelling and GIS-based spatial analysis and decision support. The UCL's Geospatial Analysis MSc provides rigorous scientific and vocational training for the next generation of scientific modelling and decision-support professionals.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/geospatial-analysis-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

The programme combines a rigorous treatment of underlying theory for, and methods of implementing and exploiting, spatial analysis and decision support. Optional courses provide the opportunity to develop expertise in modelling and analysis in one or more areas of social and environmental science with social and policy dimensions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, part-time one year) is offered.

- Core Modules
GIS Principles and Technology
Mapping Science
Principles of Spatial Analysis
Representation, Structures and Algorithms

- Options
Airborne Data Acquisition
Climate Modelling
Geodemographics and Population Geography
GIS Design
Network and Locational Analysis
Spatial Decision Support Systems
Spatio-temporal Analysis and Data Mining
Surface Water Modelling
Terrestrial Carbon: Modelling and Monitoring
Web and Mobile GIS

- Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words and a poster presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory and computer-based practical classes. Assessment is through independent project work, practical-based and written coursework, and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Geospatial Analysis MSc http://www.ucl.ac.uk/gis

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

Careers

There is a national and international need for scientists with skills in GIS-based analysis and decision support complemented by a deep knowledge of domain-specific models and analytical methods that can be brought to bear on environmental issues and their social consequences. The MSc provides an ideal foundation for PhD research, or for prospective employment within research organisations, consultancies, government departments and a wide range of industries.

- Employability
A student on the first cycle of the course came with work experience in water engineering in several Middle Eastern countries. He took the options in Spatial Decision Support, Network and Locational Analysis, Geodemographics and Population Geography, and Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Data Mining to broaden and add depth to his skills base; his dissertation was undertaken with Kuwait's Environmental Public Authority. He spent a year acting as a consultant on water engineering projects worldwide and returned to UCL in September 2013 to study for a PhD.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Geospatial Analysis MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching. The programme brings together the department's strong expertise in spatial science and social and environmental modelling.

Contributions to the programme are also made by UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, providing complementary expertise in geographic information systems.

Students enter a vibrant, enthusiastic, and international research environment in which collaboration and free-ranging debate are strongly encouraged. UCL's location, in central London, provides easy access to many key intellectual venues and resources, such as the British Library.

Student / staff ratios › 43 staff including 15 postdocs › 158 taught students › 70 research students

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in Geography, Earth or Environmental Science, Geomatics, Oceanography, or another relevant discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience in geographic information systems, spatial analysis or decision support will also be considered.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Geospatial Analysis
- why you want to study Geospatial Analysis at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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This Masters in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences focuses on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection, land and hydrographic surveying, data and information quality, applications of survey information, and research and development in the field of geomatics. Read more

This Masters in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences focuses on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection, land and hydrographic surveying, data and information quality, applications of survey information, and research and development in the field of geomatics. It is strongly endorsed by industry, accredited by the RICS and has an excellent employment record.

Why this programme

  • This programme meets the academic requirements for membership of relevant professional bodies and is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
  • If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land and engineering surveying; hydrographic surveying; land registration/cadastre and LIS; photogrammetric and remote sensing engineering; management of geospatial information; this programme is for you.
  • The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 28th in the world (QS World Rankings 2016).
  • The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • The MSc in Geospatial and Mapping Sciences is an industry-sponsored programme and has been developed in close collaboration with industry to meet global demand for professionals in this field.
  • You will benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment and software, including RTK GPS and terrestrial laser scanners.
  • You will attend a week long practical surveying course (included in fees).

Programme structure

Semester 1 – 60 credits

  • Fundamentals of Geomatics GEOG5008 (20 credits)
  • Principles and Practice of Land Surveying GEOG5017 (20 credits)
  • Principles of GIS GEOG5019 (10 credits)
  • Topographic Mapping and Landscape Monitoring GEOG5025 (10 credits)

 Semester 2 – 60 credits

  • Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099 (10 credits)
  • Engineering Surveying GEOG5007 (10 credits)
  • Geodesy & GNSS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
  • Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014 (10 credits)
  • Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021(10 credits)

One of:

  • Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098 (10 credits)
  • Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)

Summer – 60 credits

  • MSc Project GEOG5085P (60 credits)

Career prospects

Career opportunities include land surveyor, engineering surveyor, hydrographic surveyor, GIS specialist, environmental consulting. There is currently a very high demand for surveyors, especially in hydrographic survey, in support of offshore oil and renewable energy engineering and maintenance. Several of the key employers visit us each year to recruit students. In addition to the offshore energy industry, land surveyors are in demand in many parts of the world to support mining operations, major civil engineering projects and to provide surveying services for Land Registration. A strong background in data capture, datums and co-ordinate systems, and data processing can also be of value in the GIS and environmental management sectors.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

Offshore Surveyor at NCS Survey

Hydrographic Surveyor at Subsea 7

Offshore Surveyor at Subsea 7

Analyst at Morgan Stanley

Offshore Surveyor at UTEC

Offshore Surveyor at iSurvey Offshore Ltd

Research Scientist Associate at a university

Fellow at European Organisation for Nuclear Research

Offshore Surveyor at Marine Offshore Designer

Hydrographic Surveyor at UTEC

Assistant Land Surveyor at UTEC Star net

Trainee Surveyor at Fugro

Hydrographic Surveyor at Harkand Andrews Survey

Offshore Supporter at Subsea 7

Offshore Surveyor at Fugro

Offshore Hydrographic Surveyor at UTEC

Graduate Supervisor at AECOM

GIS Technician at Farazamin Company Tehran

Graduate Surveyor at Met Geo Environmental Ltd.



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BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital techniques to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions. Read more

BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital techniques to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions. GIS is a technical system to implement the collection, storage, management, calculation, analysis, display and description of geospatial information data. The results help to understand what is happening in a geographical space which can increase efficiency in building planning and design. The current ‘lack of BIM innovation’ and ‘lack of BIM talent’ could delay the progress of Chinese “smart” cities, which aim to reduce resource consumption and cost and use digital technologies to benefit their citizens.

This programme will be run entirely at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) with internship opportunities in leading BIM companies in China. It is a collaboration between Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Civil Engineering. In particular, research and teaching support will be provided by two leading research laboratories including Geospatial BIM lab and Digital City Infrastructure and technology Innovation Laboratory (D-CiTi Lab). These laboratories are working closely with leading AEC consultants (Arup, WSP BP), international professional institutions (RICS, ICES, CIBSE) and leading BIM software vendors (Autodesk, Bentley, Leica, Tekla, Trimble).

Students are able to learn how to use and operate a very wide variety of state-of-the-art software, as well as surveying equipment including servo driven total stations, laser scanners, GNSS, digital and analogue photogrammetry. With extensive project and consultancy experience on the Geospatial Engineering, BIM in the AEC sector in the UK and China, the team is planning to promote the Smart City with multi-dimension BIM applications across China.

Advantages of studying this programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo:

  • be familiar with BIM related software and surveying device
  • the ability to apply their skills directly within the surveying and AEC industry
  • react quickly to new technologies and innovations
  • communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and presentations to groups
  • exercise original thought, as well as gain interpersonal, communication and professional skills
  • participate real project work for experience accumulation
  • plan and undertake individual projects

This programme will help:

  • gain a complete understanding of theory, practice and issues of BIM and Geospatial technologies
  • acquire opportunities to use what you have learnt in real project work
  • explore new research methodology to promote development in this field
  • acquire technical skills of software operation, data analysis and design optimization
  • improve team-work ability and communication skill
  • foster individual ability to conduct academic researches

Course structure

The course is studied over 12months. 60 credits of modules are studied in the autumn and 60 credits of modules are studied in the Spring Semesters. A research project is undertaken in the summer semester, also worth 60 credits.

Compulsory modules

  • Geospatial Engineering and BIM Research Project
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling and Management
  • Research Project Literature Review
  • Fundamentals of Satellite Positioning
  • Geodetic Reference Systems
  • Analytical Methods
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Measurement Techniques
  • Global Smart City with Integrated BIM
  • 3D Modelling for BIM
  • Research Project Organization and Planning
  • Engineering Surveying
  • BIM and Knowledge Management
  • BIM+ and its Future

Additional Module Choice Information for PG I

A student may not retake a module they have studied at Nottingham on a previous course. Substitute modules to be agreed with the Course Director.

Career options for this degree

In China, BIM has attracted an increasing amount of concern and lots of AEC companies or institutes desire to recruit talented people with relevant BIM skills and experience. Graduates from this program would be expected to find decent jobs in local and international AEC companies. During the academic period, students have opportunities to visit and communicate with large AEC companies, and even enroll as interns after graduation. For those who wish to pursue their academic careers, this postgraduate programme prepares them well for higher level research and to continue onto PhD level.

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options. They will invite you to attend recruitment events featuring potential employers, and will suggest further opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.



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Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Social and Environmental Sciences. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing are considered essential tools to spatially explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data; and these skills are increasingly highly sought after in the workplace. Read more

Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Social and Environmental Sciences

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing are considered essential tools to spatially explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data; and these skills are increasingly highly sought after in the workplace. The MSc in Applied Geospatial Analysis will provide you with strong theoretical, conceptual and practical foundation on spatial analytics, covering legislative requirements and ethical considerations. The aim of the programme is to provide you with the skillset for real-world spatial exploration of social, economic and environmental patterns and interactions in support of evidence-based planning and decision-making. It will afford you the opportunity to apply acquired skills in pragmatic contextual settings.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of the programme, you will have practical and applied GIS/remote sensing skills for problem-solving; and knowledge and understanding of tools, methods, and applications within geographic research and practice, across a range of disciplines and work areas. The programme includes guest speakers from research and industry, exposing you to potential internship and career opportunities in the area. The core modules will place a large emphasis on practical hands-on skill building on GIS/remote sensing, applied to real-world case-study analysis. A range of optional modules will provide the flexibility to shape learning to your own research or career needs. All optional modules will have an applied geospatial analysis component.

Careers & Employability

This programme will provide you with a practical and applied GIS/remote sensing abilities as well as a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to doctoral study or to careers in:

  • Evironmental and planning consultancies
  • Government departments and local authorities
  • State and semi-state agencies (e.g. Central Statisitics Office, Environmental Protection Agency, Ordnance Survey of Ireland)
  • Industry (e.g. ESRI, Google)
  • Think tanks and research bodies


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Ranked 2nd in the UK by Research Fortnight, our geomatics research is ground breaking. We publish in leading international journals, at conferences, in the media and through educational outreach programmes. Read more
Ranked 2nd in the UK by Research Fortnight, our geomatics research is ground breaking. We publish in leading international journals, at conferences, in the media and through educational outreach programmes. Whether focusing on geodesy or geospatial engineering, you will work with experts to produce research of an international standard.

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. Our research has significant relevance in non-academic settings and we regularly apply it through consultancy to industry, from the global offshore industry to local authorities and survey and engineering companies. We are a key part of the TSB Satellite Applications Catapult North East Centre of Excellence.

For geomatics we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:

Satellite geodesy

-GPS and geophysical modelling
-GPS/GNSS geodesy
-Precise orbit determination of altimetric and geodetic satellites
-Sea level
-Ice sheet mass balance
-Satellite altimetry
-Static and temporal gravity field and reference frame analyses from dedicated satellite missions
-SAR interferometry
-Geophysical and industrial deformation monitoring
-Geodynamics and geohazards
-Integration of GPS and INS
-Engineering geodesy

Geospatial Engineering

-Geoinformatics and advanced GIS
-Geospatial algorithm development
-Spatial modelling including network modelling, cellular automata and agent based approaches to spatial complexity
-Multimedia cartography and information delivery
-Temporal GIS
-Geospatial data management
-Airborne and satellite remote sensing applied to environmental impact assessment
-Land use, vegetation and pollution monitoring
-Earth observation of urban systems
-Photogrammetry
-Laser scanning
-Precise non-contact dimensional control

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The Global South accounts for over 80 per cent of world’s population, and represents enormous diversity and rapid transformation, commanding an ever-increasing role in global affairs. Read more

The Global South accounts for over 80 per cent of world’s population, and represents enormous diversity and rapid transformation, commanding an ever-increasing role in global affairs. Many countries of the Global South have achieved impressive economic growth, including some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, the Global South also houses the bulk of the global poor, with growth often accompanied by mounting spatial and socio-economic inequalities.

The MSc Geographies of the Global South is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their real-world application to Global South issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making.

This MSc programme offers students a critical understanding of key issues and theoretical debates in contemporary geographies of the Global South. 

  • designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.
  • strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their real-world application to Global South issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making. 

Field Trip Experience in the Global South

Students are provided with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience carrying out a field-based research project in a Global South context. Field and class-based learning develops critical theoretical understanding of key conceptual issues; competency in geo-spatial technologies; and enhances research skills in preparation for a range of careers.

Programme Outcomes

  • Acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of current critical theoretical and conceptual debates in geographies of development and change in the Global South, and be able to develop or apply these ideas in autonomous research.
  • Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role and potential of geospatial technologies in the field of Global South research and practice.
  • Have enhanced analytical skills as well as critical thinking and critical questioning, and will have developed knowledge and skills that will help them develop expertise in the field of Global South and development studies.
  • Have the ability to deal with complexity and to be aware of and sensitive to ethical considerations and be able to integrate and apply this knowledge within their professional and everyday lives.
  • Develop experiences of fieldwork, small group work, and direct knowledge of agencies and with non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders
  • Be able of clearly articulate their ideas and draw conclusions based on knowledge and rationale and be able to communicate these to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Acquire a level of advanced learning skills that facilitates self-directed learning and independent research, study, and professional development
  • Acquire skills for development in new technologies as a transferable skill that will provide graduates with specific expertise in GIS/remote sensing
  • Be able to develop writing and presenting skills to present publically the results of their research through papers and presentations

Careers & Employability

The MSc Geographies of the Global South is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to careers in:

  • Further research, whether academic or professional
  • NGOs focused on the Global South
  • International aid and/or development agencies
  • Global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, etc.)
  • Uni- or multinational think-tanks




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Why Study with Us?. Join an established course with excellent reputation and feedback. Get support and advice from experienced lecturers, tutors, librarians, e-learning and IT staff. Read more

Why Study with Us?

  • Join an established course with excellent reputation and feedback.
  • Get support and advice from experienced lecturers, tutors, librarians, e-learning and IT staff.
  • Access a wide range of online resources such as e-books, digital lectures and podcasts, discussion boards and video-conference tools all within a dedicated e-learning platform.
  • Develop and improve your employability, professional and academic skills and gain extensive hands-on practice with key software.
  • Obtain free student copies of GIS, remote sensing and statistical software.
  • Be assessed entirely by coursework – there are no formal examinations.
  • Pay your fees by instalments.
  • With a fully online course, you can study from almost anywhere and there is no need to travel to classes.
  • You can enrol to study part-time or full-time and choose the times you study each week to suit yourself.
  • Substantial relevant work experience may be accepted in place of standard entry requirements.
  • Study for a Master’s degree, a PG Diploma, PG Certificate or enrol for individual modules.

Why Study GIS?

The benefits of GIS are increasingly recognised within government, business, education and the voluntary sector, and the applications of geospatial data technologies are steadily growing. Using GIS, it is possible to combine data from a broad range of sources and in a variety of formats, such as paper and digital maps, routinely collected administrative data, censuses and population surveys, satellite imagery, aerial photography, GPS tracking and surveys, LiDAR and crowd-sourcing. The uses of GIS are very diverse, and include mapping, spatial analysis, planning and decision-making within a wide range of disciplines and sectors – common examples include environmental management and conservation, resource management, emergency service planning and humanitarian assistance, health care provision, land use planning and urban development, the utilities, transport, geo-demographics, mineral extraction and retail analysis. Increasing uptake of GIS and associated techniques and technologies means that there is a growing demand for qualified personnel who have the skills to manage spatial data effectively. Strong industry links help ensure that our course is relevant to the needs of employers.

Course Summary

The course is designed to help people gain understanding and experience of GIS concepts, functionality and applications. Content focuses on the representation, acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis of spatial data. It also includes modules on remote sensing, spatial databases, web-GIS and GIS in the commercial environment. Additional optional modules include GIS work experience, spatial analysis and modelling, GIS for environmental management, and Customising GIS.

In addition to acquiring substantial theoretical knowledge of the subject, you will gain extensive practical experience using a variety of software, focusing primarily on ArcGIS but also including ERDAS Imagine, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, MySQL, OpenLayers, Geoserver, QGIS, Excel, SPSS and a number of GIS extensions and plug-ins. One of the core modules provides experience of web-based programming languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, whilst an optional module in customising GIS applications introduces Esri’s ModelBuilder and the Python programming language.

After successfully completing the PgDip modules, you may transfer to the Masters part of the programme. This requires the completion of a substantial independent research project, written in the form of a research journal article (which may, with agreement of your supervisor, be submitted for publication).

As part of the course resources, you will be provided with a free copy of ArcGIS, the remote sensing package ERDAS Imagine, and the data analysis package SPSS.

Work placement / study abroad

Gaining experience in the workplace and being able to apply academic learning within that context is very beneficial for students preparing to enter the workplace, so we offer the option of undertaking a GIS Work Experience module to full-time students. This entails working within an organisation for 2.5 days per week over a six-week period. Placements (which are unpaid) may be in the public sector, private companies, charities or education. Students who take this module find it extremely helpful for both their professional and personal development and refer particularly to benefits such as broadening their technical skills, gaining experience of team-working and of independent problem-solving, improved confidence and of learning about the geospatial industry and employment through exposure to real-world applications of GIS.

Part-time students who are in GI-related employment may opt to undertake the GIS Workplace Project.

Career options

GIS and geospatial technologies underpin a rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar industry, and are becoming increasingly mainstream within both the public and private sectors, resulting in a need for graduates who have a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Graduates of this course have secured employment in a variety of GIS-related roles worldwide, in GIS positions including technicians, analysts, scientists, surveyors, data specialists, mapping officers, consultants, project managers, development, sales and marketing, customer support, GIS training, lecturing and research (including funded PhD projects). The breadth of potential uses of GIS ensures a great diversity of job opportunities; for example, our graduates have found employment with mapping agencies, GIS and SatNav companies, environmental consultancies, ecological and marine resource management and environmental agencies, renewable energy companies, forestry, fisheries, town planning departments, heritage agencies, health and emergency services, housing authorities, local government, aid agencies, countryside recreation, rural development, retail analysis, utilities and infrastructure, Further and Higher Education, mining and mineral exploitation and the oil industry, among others. Knowledge and understanding of geo-spatial data is also increasingly required in a variety of jobs outside of the GI profession, making a GIS qualification a valuable asset enhancing employability in a range of fields.



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Why Study with Us?. Join an established course with excellent reputation and feedback. Get support and advice from experienced lecturers, tutors, librarians, e-learning and IT staff. Read more

Why Study with Us?

  • Join an established course with excellent reputation and feedback.
  • Get support and advice from experienced lecturers, tutors, librarians, e-learning and IT staff.
  • Access a wide range of online resources such as e-books, digital lectures and podcasts, discussion boards and video-conference tools all within a dedicated e-learning platform.
  • Develop and improve your employability, professional and academic skills and gain extensive hands-on practice with key software.
  • Obtain free student copies of GIS, remote sensing and statistical software.
  • Be assessed entirely by coursework – there are no formal examinations.
  • Pay your fees by instalments.
  • With a fully online course, you can study from almost anywhere and there is no need to travel to classes.
  • You can enrol to study part-time or full-time and choose the times you study each week to suit yourself.
  • Substantial relevant work experience may be accepted in place of standard entry requirements.
  • Study for a Master’s degree, a PG Diploma, PG Certificate or enrol for individual modules.

Why Study GIS?

The benefits of GIS are increasingly recognised within government, business, education and the voluntary sector, and the applications of geospatial data technologies are steadily growing. Using GIS, it is possible to combine data from a broad range of sources and in a variety of formats, such as paper and digital maps, routinely collected administrative data, censuses and population surveys, satellite imagery, aerial photography, GPS tracking and surveys, LiDAR and crowd-sourcing. The uses of GIS are very diverse, and include mapping, spatial analysis, planning and decision-making within a wide range of disciplines and sectors – common examples include environmental management and conservation, resource management, emergency service planning and humanitarian assistance, health care provision, land use planning and urban development, the utilities, transport, geo-demographics, mineral extraction and retail analysis. Increasing uptake of GIS and associated techniques and technologies means that there is a growing demand for qualified personnel who have the skills to manage spatial data effectively. Strong industry links help ensure that our course is relevant to the needs of employers.

Course Summary

The course is designed to help people gain understanding and experience of GIS concepts, functionality and applications. Content focuses on the representation, acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis of spatial data. It also includes modules on remote sensing, spatial databases, web-GIS and GIS in the commercial environment. Additional optional modules include GIS work experience, spatial analysis and modelling, GIS for environmental management, and Customising GIS.

In addition to acquiring substantial theoretical knowledge of the subject, you will gain extensive practical experience using a variety of software, focusing primarily on ArcGIS but also including ERDAS Imagine, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, MySQL, OpenLayers, Geoserver, QGIS, Excel, SPSS and a number of GIS extensions and plug-ins. One of the core modules provides experience of web-based programming languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, whilst an optional module in customising GIS applications introduces Esri’s ModelBuilder and the Python programming language.

After successfully completing the PgDip modules, you may transfer to the Masters part of the programme. This requires the completion of a substantial independent research project, written in the form of a research journal article (which may, with agreement of your supervisor, be submitted for publication).

As part of the course resources, you will be provided with a free copy of ArcGIS, the remote sensing package ERDAS Imagine, and the data analysis package SPSS.

Work placement / study abroad

Gaining experience in the workplace and being able to apply academic learning within that context is very beneficial for students preparing to enter the workplace, so we offer the option of undertaking a GIS Work Experience module to full-time students. This entails working within an organisation for 2.5 days per week over a six-week period. Placements (which are unpaid) may be in the public sector, private companies, charities or education. Students who take this module find it extremely helpful for both their professional and personal development and refer particularly to benefits such as broadening their technical skills, gaining experience of team-working and of independent problem-solving, improved confidence and of learning about the geospatial industry and employment through exposure to real-world applications of GIS.

Part-time students who are in GI-related employment may opt to undertake the GIS Workplace Project.

Career options

GIS and geospatial technologies underpin a rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar industry, and are becoming increasingly mainstream within both the public and private sectors, resulting in a need for graduates who have a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Graduates of this course have secured employment in a variety of GIS-related roles worldwide, in GIS positions including technicians, analysts, scientists, surveyors, data specialists, mapping officers, consultants, project managers, development, sales and marketing, customer support, GIS training, lecturing and research (including funded PhD projects). The breadth of potential uses of GIS ensures a great diversity of job opportunities; for example, our graduates have found employment with mapping agencies, GIS and SatNav companies, environmental consultancies, ecological and marine resource management and environmental agencies, renewable energy companies, forestry, fisheries, town planning departments, heritage agencies, health and emergency services, housing authorities, local government, aid agencies, countryside recreation, rural development, retail analysis, utilities and infrastructure, Further and Higher Education, mining and mineral exploitation and the oil industry, among others. Knowledge and understanding of geo-spatial data is also increasingly required in a variety of jobs outside of the GI profession, making a GIS qualification a valuable asset enhancing employability in a range of fields.



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The Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) is a new 9-month, course-based master’s program that provides the geospatial skills and landscape ecology context required to tackle pressing environmental issues. Read more

The Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) is a new 9-month, course-based master’s program that provides the geospatial skills and landscape ecology context required to tackle pressing environmental issues. It is a 9-month program which begins in August with a 3-week intensive and concludes the following April.

The MGEM program is designed for those with a passion for environmental management and an interest in emerging landscape ecology theories and geospatial technologies. That includes:

  • Conservation practitioners and managers, foresters and ecologists seeking technical skills.
  • Computer scientists and engineers looking for new fields to apply their skills.
  • Recent graduates in forestry, geography, computer science, engineering, commerce, arts and other undergraduate degree programs, so long as they have some quantitative training.

What Makes The Program Unique?

This uniquely interdisciplinary program blends landscape ecology training and quantitative spatial skills development in a professional degree unlike any other in the world.

Career Options

As an MGEM graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • Model landscapes and ecosystems for planning and assessment.
  • Integrate landscape ecology concepts with geomatics-focused tools tools for environmental management.
  • Collaborate with communities and people who are interested in using geospatial data to address environmental concerns.

MGEM graduates may go on to work in academia, consulting, industry, government, NGOs and the private sector.



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The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at West Chester University prepares students to enter the workforce as  professional planners and thereby meet the growing demand for urban and regional planners, and related professions in the region. Read more
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at West Chester University prepares students to enter the workforce as  professional planners and thereby meet the growing demand for urban and regional planners, and related professions in the region. Professional planners help to influence the future of neighborhood, local, regional and metropolitan areas. A planner plays a major role in shaping communities, in providing guidance for sustainable development, and in addressing social, economic, environmental and political problems of communities. The urban and regional planning curriculum equips students with the professional knowledge and technical skills to guide the complex processes of a changing world, to utilize geospatial and other technologies to create a sustainable built and natural environment.

Students will understand how to make decisions based on sound knowledge and guided by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics. The program has been designed to align with the standards of the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).  Students will develop specific competencies for planning research and analysis, plan making, effective communication skills, working with diverse environments and communities, applying ethical principles, advocating for social justice, and employing geospatial technologies for planning applications and decision-making.

Students will develop specific competencies for planning research and analysis, plan making, effective communication skills, working with diverse environments and communities, applying ethical principles, advocating for social justice, and employing geospatial technologies for planning applications and decision-making.

The program utilizes two state-of-the-art GIS labs and a fully-equipped Planning Studio, which are located in the Building and Public Management Center on the 1st floor. Check out some recent media coverage of the building with images of the labs and Studio here: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/03/22/cutting-edge-technology-at-west-chester-u-prepares-students-for-real-world/

Curriculum

The MURP degree is comprised of nine required core courses (27 credits) and six or seven additional elective courses (21 credits)

Required modules:

PLN525 Planning History, Theory & Ethics
GEO509 Quantitative Methods
PLN527 Planning Law
GEO534 Geographic Information Systems
PLN508 Qualitative Methods & Community Engagement Techniques
PLN521 Land Use Planning
PLN536 Environmental Planning
PLN505 Planning Design (Studio A)
PLN605 Planning Design (Studio B)

In consultation with their graduate advisor, students select six or seven courses in their area(s) of interest from a range of course offerings. Students also have an option to complete an internship for course credit. If approved by a thesis committee, students also have an opportunity to complete a graduate thesis.

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In 2010 the UN estimated that more than half of the planet’s population live in cities and projected that this will increase to 66% by the middle of the century. Read more

In 2010 the UN estimated that more than half of the planet’s population live in cities and projected that this will increase to 66% by the middle of the century. Cities have become the nodes of a global economic network and are the foci for flows of people, goods, energy, food etc. In addition, although occupying less than 1% of the Earth’s surface they transform the natural environment radically and are the main geographical drivers of environmental change at local, regional and global scales. At the same time, cities are social constructions that can be changed and managed through human intervention to enhance well-being and liveability.

This MSc looks at urban environments holistically by integrating the perspectives of human and physical geography to explore urban environments. Exploration is complemented by developing fieldwork and geospatial skills. The key objective of the course is to address the challenge of achieving global sustainability by making resource efficient, smart and liveable cities.

The use of the vibrant, dynamic city of Dublin as an urban laboratory will provide an opportunity for collaboration on external projects with a range of urban stakeholder groups, developing professional networks and skillsets accordingly. This is complemented within the School of Geography, a top-100 department in QS subject rankings, by dedicated geospatial facilities for research students.

Programme Outcomes

The MSc Urban Environment focuses on how we might progress towards global sustainability by focusing on the development of more resource efficient, smart and liveable cities. The programme integrates the perspectives of human and physical geography to explore urban environments as complex physical and social systems. The vibrant, dynamic city of Dublin is an ideal urban laboratory within which we can develop and engage in collaborative projects. We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be reflective and critical thinkers. In this programme, we particularly value the application of academic learning to the urban environment of Dublin in particular through collaborative engagement with external stakeholders. The School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MSc Urban Environment programme.

  • Focussed on integrating technical skills (e.g. GIS) with fieldwork and lectures to provide a comprehensive understanding of dynamic urban environments.
  • International perspective on global cities but uses Dublin (a multi-cultural city that is undergoing transformation) as a testbed for exploring urban environments.
  • Draws upon expertise at UCD across a range of disciplines. Provides freedom to specialise in areas of interest.

Careers & Employability

The MSc Urban Environment is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates may progress to careers in: further research, academic and professional; professional training in related disciplines; consultancy; GIS; and research careers in the private sector, public service or with community groups.



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The degree is the leading Master's programme in remote sensing and environmental mapping available in the UK. Read more

The degree is the leading Master's programme in remote sensing and environmental mapping available in the UK. It offers the opportunity to study at an advanced level the ways in which remote sensing from ground-based to spaceborne platforms may be used to collect environmental information about the terrestrial biosphere, atmosphere, oceans and cryosphere at a range of scales and across wavelengths.

About this degree

Students develop an all-round knowledge of remote sensing, mapping and data analysis. including fundamental principles, current technological developments and applications to local, regional and global problems. They gain highly developed, marketable practical skills to enable them to take leading roles in academic, government and industrial sectors.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules in term one (60 credits), four optional modules in term two (60 credits) and a research project in term three (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), full-time 12 weeks, flexible study up to two years is offered.

Core modules

  • Analytical and Numerical Methods
  • Scientific Computing
  • Geospatial Science* subject to approval
  • Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing

Optional modules

  • Terrestrial Carbon: Modelling and Monitoring
  • Global Monitoring of Environment and Society
  • Airborne Data Acquisition
  • Image Understanding
  • Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
  • Terrestrial Data Acquisition
  • Climate Modelling

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an individual research project. The department has links with industry, and projects may be carried out in collaboration with organisations outside UCL.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, individual and group coursework, and compulsory computer training. Student learning is supported by tutorials, transferable skills training and research supervision throughout the year. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, dissertation and an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Remote Sensing and Environmental Mapping MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates find jobs in diverse companies: from consultancies carrying out environmental and spatial analysis through to major international geospatial companies, or government and government-affiliated agencies. The programme is also suitable training for those wishing to undertake higher level work as a prelude to a PhD in a quantitative environmental discipline.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Remote Sensing Analyst, British Antarctic Survey
  • Remote Sensing Service Provider, Jacques Malaprade.
  • Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
  • Image Analyst, Civil Service
  • PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge

Employability

The range of generic, transferable skills provided by the degree programme are attractive to a range of employers. Students gain a fundamental understanding of the key principles of remote sensing, mapping, environmental data handling and analysis, as well as the ability to communicate their ideas. Such skills and knowledge are applicable across a wide range of careers. The long heritage of the programme - over 30 years - and its interdisciplinary, intercollegiate nature provides students with a unique perspective, not just from UCL, but across the wider world of remote sensing, mapping and environmental science.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding reputation for its research and teaching, and has a long pedigree in producing highly employable graduates for industry, research, policy and many other areas.

A distinctive feature of the programme is its intercollegiate nature which exposes students to a range of university departments and expertise across fields including terrestrial vegetation and carbon stocks, solid earth and geology, fire impacts, new sensor technology and ocean processes.

The degree is integrated with other Geography MSc programmes providing greater flexibility when choosing optional modules.



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The MA Geography is aimed at students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of key geographical ideas and themes, embrace opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, undertake independent research in an area of specialist interest, and enhance their geospatial skills set. Read more

The MA Geography is aimed at students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of key geographical ideas and themes, embrace opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, undertake independent research in an area of specialist interest, and enhance their geospatial skills set. This Masters programme provides students with a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers including teaching; research; consultancy; Geographical Information Systems; and careers in the public sector. We value holistic approaches to learning and active, sustained engagement with issues of societal importance. We challenge our students to develop as spatially-sensitive global citizens and encourage them to be analytical, reflective and critical thinkers. The capacity to engage in collaborative learning and problem-solving is a key competence of our graduates. The UCD School of Geography provides a high quality learning and research environment for graduate students and has pioneered innovative teaching and learning methodologies in the online and face-to-face environment. As well as small-group seminars, project-based learning and teamwork, fieldwork is a core element of the MA Geography programme.

  • A series of fieldtrips in Dublin and surroundings emphasising key geographical skills and landscape interpretation.
  • Solid programme emphasizing a broad training in political, economic, urban, environmental, climate, and physical geography.
  • Opportunity to undertake an independent research project on a relevant topic chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

Programme Outcomes

  • Display competency in a range of geospatial technologies, with a particular emphasis on the application of Geographical Information Systems
  • Think critically and illustrate their research skills through the development and execution of an independent research project
  • Articulate the importance of geographical context in addressing issues of major societal or environmental importance
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of, and mastery of the literature in, at least one particular geographic subfield
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in teams both in class-based activities and in the field.
  • Communicate effectively, through a range of formats, about concepts and problems in geography and the environment.


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What you will study. Tropical Ecology- 20 credits (Optional). This module encompasses dive training; a 16-day excursion (variable destinations, e.g. Read more

What you will study

  • Tropical Ecology- 20 credits (Optional)
  • This module encompasses dive training; a 16-day excursion (variable destinations, e.g. Borneo, Honduras, Philippines); one-week tropical forest surveys, one-week coral reef diving – organism identification and surveying.
  • Environmental Management and Legislation - 10 credits
  • We look at how legislation protects the environment, planning laws and policies, environmental economics and cost-benefit analysis.

  • Wildlife Surveying - 10 credits
  • You will conduct pond and river water quality surveys (BMWP and PSYM methods) and river habitat surveys (RHS). You will learn freshwater invertebrate identification skills and plant identification.

  • Tools for Sustainable Development - 20 credits (Optional)
  • This 100% coursework module includes a four-day workshop. We look at energy use/resources and climate change. We also investigate sustainable alternatives to current lifestyles, consumerism, fossil fuel use and the implications for conservation policy and practices, plus how to obtain funding for community and sustainability projects.

  • Restoration Ecology - 20 credits
  • In this module we study ecology and biodiversity; re-wilding: beaver, lynx, wolf reintroduction; restoration approaches for various habitats and tropical forest management.
  • Terrestrial and Aquatic Conservation - 20 credits
  • You will study protected areas and their management; the impact of climate change on terrestrial habitats; agricultural systems and impact on conservation; the 
  • ecology of rivers, lakes and marine habitats; the human impacts on freshwater habitats and identifying freshwater life.

  • European Field Expedition - 20 credits
  • You will study vegetation surveys (forest structure surveys, thermal zone assessment, various transect techniques, habitat mapping); land use and management issues; bird survey methods (bird identification skills); offshore marine surveys and measurements.

  • Work Based Learning Project - 20 credits (Optional)
  • The optional Work Based Learning module enables our students to gain 60 hours work experience under the supervision of an employer. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor who will advise you on a suitable employer based on your area of interest. Recent organisations who have hosted our students include Capita Symonds, Natural Resources Wales, Wales Heritage Coastal Path and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

  • MSc Project - 60 credits 
  • This project is often done in co-operation with conservation organisations such as National Parks; English Nature / Countryside Council for Wales; National Botanic Garden; Environment Agency and Wildlife Trusts. Examples of recent projects include coral reef conservation in the Bahamas; feeding habits of Groupers off Honduras; deforestation in SE Asia; invasive species in Cardiff Bay; biodiversity increase with organic farming; butterfly reintroduction and habitats; recognition of Japanese Knotweed by remote sensing.

  • Tropical Environmental Monitoring - 20 credits (Optional)
  • This module is all about conservation and wildlife / safari management. We look at field monitoring techniques and identification skills, and animal tracking on both foot and by vehicle.
  • Applied Geospatial Analysis - 20 credits
  • This offers a practical introduction to Geographical Information Systems and their use in environmental management. We will look at remote sensing techniques; animal population modelling; pollution modelling and the use of statistical software for parametric and non-parametric analysis, correlation, regression and ANOVA analysis. 

Teaching

Full-time students spend two days at University, usually Wednesday and Thursday, and around 12 hours per week in lectures and practical sessions.

Part-time students attend one day per week. First year part-time students attend on Wednesdays and second years attend on Thursdays.

We teach using a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, problem solving tutorials, video presentations and practicals. You will also undertake fieldwork excursions within the UK and overseas (additional costs apply). The number of hours of formal teaching will vary depending on your module choice. You will also be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning by completing guided reading and various interactive computer packages. Based on individual circumstances the MSc Project may be extended into your third year of study and will be agreed as part of a discussion with the course leader. Please note some field trips will take place on weekdays besides Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of methods depending on your module choice, these include: examinations, coursework such as writing reports of field excursions. You will also analyse case studies, undertake presentations, participate in workshops and analyse data.



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Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst, able to understand and communicate big data in social policy-related contexts. Read more

Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst, able to understand and communicate big data in social policy-related contexts.

Find out more about the Master of Analytics parent structure.

The Master of Analytics with a major in public policy is for public servants who want to be able to better understand, interpret and analyse large data sets. 

The degree equips you with the technical ability and critical thinking needed to transform complex data into information that can be used as evidence for making policy.

Massey University is the only New Zealand university that offers the Master of Analytics (Public Policy).

What will you learn?

The MAnalyt teaches fundamental data analysis tools, including data mining, statistics and econometrics in the core courses. You will then learn how these tools are applied in the public sector.

The Master of Analytics (Public Policy) teaches a critical appreciation of the complexity of data analytics including an examination of cross-cultural data analysis; methodology; ethics; systems mapping; attribution and data management.

It also introduces case studies examining the roles and possibilities of geospatial data and the use of outputs from the integrated data infrastructure (IDI). The IDI is the New Zealand cross-agency data set used by government agencies and policy makers.

Real-world learning

At Massey University we ensure your learning is firmly based in a real-world context. To help you identify the most appropriate technique and data to address a problem, you need to understand the real challenges and context that policy makers face. 

The Master of Analytics will help you understand all these things, as well as give you training in communicating your findings in a compelling way. 

You will work in conjunction with an external agency on a real-world problem using the skills and knowledge you have already gained.

Based in Wellington

Block courses are held in Wellington.

Complete in a year

The qualification can be completed in 12 months of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. The programme starts in semester one of each calendar year.

You need to complete three core statistics and analytics courses and three public policy specialisation courses. The programme ends with the applied or capstone project.

In demand by employers

The skills you will learn in the Master of Analytics meet the growing demand for graduates capable of processing, analysing and presenting data in ways that encourage informed and effective decision making. You will learn how to extract useful information from big data sets, while maintaining data security and privacy.

In 2011, Statistics New Zealand launched the IDI. It combines information from a range of organisations to provide the insights government needs to improve social and economic outcomes for New Zealanders. There are very few people skilled at using the IDI.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Analytics (Public Policy) will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just more of the same undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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