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Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems (Distance Learning) - PGDip/MSc

Course content

Summary

The PgDip/MSc programme in Environmental Management and GIS aims to provide an advanced education in Environmental Management, with a strong emphasis on teaching the concepts and methods for analysing spatial environmental data which are encapsulated within Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The course aims to teach students the principles and practice of environmental management within the contexts of biodiversity management and the contribution of empirical and case study scientific research, as well as fostering advanced knowledge and skills in the manipulation and analysis of spatial environmental data.

About

This course aims to teach how environmental management tools, such as site conservation planning and environmental management systems, together with the data, tools and techniques of GIS, are applied in making knowledge-based decisions on managing the environment. This is considered in the context of environmental legislative/policy frameworks within which industry, government and voluntary bodies work.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Understand the importance of evidence -based approach to environmental policy and strategic decision-making
  • Apply quantitative techniques to assess the effects of environmental management
  • Apply structured planning principles to site biodiversity management and ecosystem restoration
  • Use GIS as a framework for collating, manipulating and managing spatial data relating to the environment
  • Undertake analysis and modeling of environmental problems using GIS approaches
  • Appreciate and address the impacts of scale and zoning on spatial data analysis

Students will be provided with a student copy of Esri ArcGIS software free of charge.

Attendance

Fully online - part-time by distance learning. You do not need to visit Ulster at any stage to successfully complete this course.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Environmental Management and GIS and the Master of Science (MSc) Environmental Management and GIS are linked courses. You must successfully complete the PgDip (120 credit points) before transferring to the MSc (a further 60 credit points), i.e.to get the full MSc you complete 180 credit points in total.

The six taught modules which constitute the Postgraduate Diploma are taken over two years (4 semesters).

For the MSc an additional two semesters are required to complete the project module i.e. three years in total part-time (6 semesters).

Career options

The majority of students on the course are already working in industry or public services and taking the course has helped them to gain promotion and/or change careers as a result of their new skills.

Key skills which will be developed are:

  • Biodiversity management plans and site restoration design
  • Ecological monitoring
  • Environmental management systems
  • Research analysis and data interpretation techniques
  • Management, processing, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geo-spatial data
  • Operation and use of Geographic Information Systems

Visit the Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems (Distance Learning) - PGDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

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