Masters degrees in Cartography equip postgraduates with the skills to analyse, prepare and produce maps and charts of geographical areas, including oceans and land masses.
Related subjects include Topography and Geographical Information Systems. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Geography.
Courses in Cartography and Geographical Mapping equip you with the skills to develop traditional map production as well as internet and mobile mapping technologies.
Training typically include methods for disseminating geospatial information, including techniques such as geovisualisation, cartographic design, and topographic mapping. Various terrestrial and marine areas may be analysed, meaning you could work on local, national and international scales.
Practical training includes methods in landscape monitoring and geomatics, including remote sensing and GIS (geographical information systems). This usually involves fieldwork across a range of landscapes, including both rural and urbanised areas.
Careers typically include GIS specialisation for environmental agencies and regulatory bodies, cartography for local government departments, and may also be applied to roles in public services such as the armed forces.
Geographic information systems have become really interesting to all of us with the increased innovation in smart phones and IOT, whether we are searching for a venue to eat and drink or looking for something specific in a difficult to reach location. At one time GIS was heavily used in planning and map creation, now we all have access to those maps on our mobiles and tablets and we now expect sensors in our phones to connect automatically to satellite systems to tell us our every move, whether we are walking or in the car. This has made the discipline incredibly interesting and opened up a lot more opportunities in terms of work. On top of the more obvious GIS enabled systems many businesses rely on this technology to inform them about weather, shipping, coastal locations, risks and hazards, agriculture and energy and minerals exploration.
Geospatial technologies are increasingly important across all industries and this programme gives you skills in developing remote sensing, working with wide ranging expertise from coastal, marine, ecology, energy, geology, spatial planning, and archaeology. You learn some very useful skills in programming, simulation and modelling, spatial databases and global positioning systems, plus cartography, remote sensing, digital image processing, geographic information systems, field data capture for a variety of devices.
It is worth visiting the Scottish Innovation Centres to find out more about innovations using GIS and the technologies it uses:
The History Origins and Evolution of GIS
GIS Tools and Technologies
People Management and GIS
Data Systems and Big Data
Aspects of Digital Mapping and Visualisation
Fundamentals of GIS and Spatial Analysis
Planning, Managing and Presenting a GIS Project
UAV Remote Sensing, Monitoring and Mapping
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