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MSc Applied Science (GIS and Remote Sensing)

Course Description

Access to and use of geographically-referenced digital information is essential for effectively responding to many of the world’s most pressing contemporary issues, such as climate change, environmental protection, social and economic development, resource management, town and country planning, disaster prevention and response, crime prevention, and national or international security.

The MSc in Applied Science (Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing) is designed to address the growing need for science-trained postgraduates who are technically aware and competent to work in the field of Geoinformatics, particularly as applied to environmental and resource management. It presents a 12-month full-time programme of study that encompasses both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Geoinformatics, including geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), satellite navigation systems, the World Wide Web, mobile telephony, computer graphics and visualisation. The Department of Geography co-ordinates and is responsible for the programme, with key additional contributions by staff from the Department of Computer Science, and UCC’s Coastal and Marine Resources Centre.

The programme consists of 60 credits of taught modules, presented between September and May, followed by independent research towards a dissertation, worth 30 credits. In addition to GIS and RS, the taught modules include elements of cartography and visualisation, spatial analysis, computer programming and research skills, with regular seminars led by experts in the discipline from Ireland and abroad, as well as opportunities for students to visit local Geoinformatics enterprises. Students who successfully pass the taught component may, if they wish, exit the programme without undertaking the research dissertation and, if eligible, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Previous students have gone on to work in fields ranging from the oil industry to commercial consultancies and the Defence forces, as well as into further research.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Describe the theoretical and practical principles and concepts that underpin technologies of Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and related areas of Geoinformatics;
• Evaluate the potential of different Geoinformatics approaches for application to spatial problems in a variety of sectors, at scales from the local to the global;
• Identify and assess appropriate Geoinformatics methods and technologies for the resolution of these problems;
• Demonstrate skills and knowledge in the application, integration and use of geoinformatics technologies including computational analysis, fieldwork, numerical modelling and computer programming, using different software and programming packages;
• Write reports and prepare cartographic materials to a professional standard;
• Prepare and present seminars to a professional standard;
• Design, implement and manage a Geoinformatics-based project, from conception of ideas to the generation of final output products;
• Discuss issues of good practice, and understand key policies, strategies and infrastructures that apply to the effective and appropriate use of these technologies, and the implications of their use for society at large.

Apply online at http://www.pac.ie (taught masters code CKR09).
The closing date for applications is 1st June (with late applications accepted once first round offers are made). A limited number of students will be accepted on this course.

Course Contact: Dr Fiona Cawkwell ([email protected]) / Mr Darius Bartlett ([email protected])

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering or a cognate discipline. Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology and/or with an approved professional qualification, can be considered for places following interview and/or assessment by the Director of the Programme. The Programme Director and/or the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC, must approve candidates.

Course Fees

This course has been subsidised under the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme by the Irish Government; for 2011-2012 the fee was €2,750 for EU studen

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