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The MSc by Research in Earth Observation allows you to undertake a year long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research.

Your earth observation research project will be shaped by participation in activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratory activity and field work, as well as your involvement in one of our established research groups.

While this programme in Earth Observation usually finishes after a year, it can be used to progress to the second year of a PhD degree in the appropriate circumstances.

Swansea is a research-led University and our Geography department makes a significant contribution. We have staff working on post-disaster landscapes (Professor Marcus Doel), new understandings of nationalism (Dr Angharad Closs Stephens), and post-conflict cultural revival (Dr Amanda Rogers). Their expertise will support your work.

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Geography research at Swansea was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

* Geography at Swansea achieved UK Top Ten for research impact [Research Excellence Framework 2014]

* UK Top 20 for research quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019]

* Top 75 in the world [51-75 (out of 200) in the new Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2017]

* World ranked in the top 250 [QS World University Rankings 2017]

How you're supervised on the Earth Observation research programme

The diverse work of our current research projects includes:

* Advancing the application of stable isotopes in tree rings as indicators of climate/environmental change

* Quantification of the past and future contribution of glaciers and ice sheets to sea level rise

* Understanding the response of the biosphere to variations in climate

* Understanding international migration patterns and processes associated with forced migration, labour migration and ‘mixed flows’

* Cities and urban theory, focusing on the interface between human geography and continental philosophy

You will have access to:

* a computer laboratory dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

* a remote sensing computer laboratory with 10 high-performance Linux workstations

* Specialist laboratory suites for stable isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation

Our computing facilities include 15 dual-processor workstations for earth observation, a 20-node multiprocessor Beowulf cluster, and the IBM ‘Blue Ice’ Supercomputer, which is mainly used for climate and glaciological modelling.

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Visit the Earth Observation MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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