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Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This interdisciplinary programme will equip you with the analytical and communication skills to work in this important and growing field.

This programme suit students with a background in environmental or geographical sciences who have already come across remote sensing, or those with a background in physics, computer science or engineering looking for a career in an applied area.

Graduates from the programme will be well prepared to pursue a research degree or find relevant employment. This programme builds on the successful Edinburgh Geographical Information Science (GIS) degree, which was the first of its type in the world, with a heritage of almost 30 years.

Programme structure

This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by individual dissertation project work.

Compulsory courses typically include*:
•Principles of Geographical Information Science
•Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
•Spatial Modelling
•Research Practice and Project Planning
•Introduction to Spatial Analysis

Option courses may include*:
•Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
•Fundamentals for Remote Sensing
•Object Oriented Software Engineering Principles
•Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms
•Principles of GIS
•Principles of GIS for Archaeologists
•Principles of Environmental Sustainability
•Sustainable Energy Technologies
•Marine Systems and Policies
•Technologies for Sustainable Energy
•Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling
•Geology for Earth Resources
•Encountering Cities
•Soil Protection and Management
•Understanding Environment and Development
•Advanced Spatial Database Methods
•Data Integration and Exchange
•Data Mining and Exploration
•Environmental Impact Assessment
•Forests and Environment
•Further Spatial Analysis
•Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
•ICT for Development
•Integrated Resource Planning
•Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing
•Land Use/Environmental Interactions
•Querying and Storing XML
•Water Resource Management
•Participation in Policy and Planning
•Introduction to Environmental Modelling
•Management of Sustainable Development
•GIS and Society
•Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
•Political Ecology
•Epidemiology for Public Health.

*Please note, courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change each year

Field trip

This programme historically has included a residential field-skills weekend in Scotland.

Career opportunities

Graduates have entered employment with well-known organisations such as Amey Infrastructure Services, British Airways, ESRI, General Electric, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intergraph, Microsoft, Oracle, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Water, Sopra Group, SLR Consulting, Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as continuing in academia. Graduates will benefit from our proven track record in placing students with such a diverse range of employers.

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.

Visit the Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Head of School Scholarship - GeoSciences - 5 Awards

Three scholarships worth £5,000 towards tuition fees are available to applicants of any nationality. A further two awards covering full tuition fees are available to applicants who are liable for the overseas rate of fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, the international equivalent of a UK 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level. Applicants who have already commenced their programme of study on the closing date are not eligible for this scholarship.Applicants intending to study part-time or online distance learning courses are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Procedure

Please see our website for instructions on how to apply.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent.

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