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Geographical Information Systems


Course Description

The Master of Science in Geographical Information Systems at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland is a 12 Month Taught Postgraduate Programme designed for anyone who wishes to pursue a qualification in the application of geospatial technologies to the geosciences.

Building on 20 years of excellence in postgraduate teaching of remote sensing and GIS this programme promotes the integrated study and application of the geospatial technologies through theory and practice, combining core techniques, practical skills and environmental applications. To facilitate your learning experience you will use state-of-the-art software and hardware in a dedicated classroom to explore the different technologies and their applications. The programme draws upon a wide range of international, national, and local expertise in the coastal and marine sciences, landscape ecology and landscape change, coastal management, renewable energy, geology and hydrocarbon exploration, risks and hazards, spatial planning, cartography, field data collection, and archaeology.

Aspects of geospatial technologies are of increasing importance in many areas of employment concerned with the landscape, for example in national and local government (where the appearance of 'Geodata Service Units' is increasing), in nature conservation agencies, in hydrocarbon exploration and oilfield management, in environmental consultancy, civil engineering projects and marine and coastal zone management.

In recent years the demand for courses in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the related technologies has grown considerably. A recent survey suggests that demand by employers for graduates with skills in the application of geospatial technology will continue to grow particularly in the practical application of spatial knowledge and understanding to environmental problems.

The Geographical Information Systems programme covers the fundamentals of techniques and tools for acquiring, storing, processing, classifying, visualising and analysing spatially referenced data of the Earth, and their application to the study of the Earth. This includes databases, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), digital mapping and cartography, airborne and satellite remote sensing, digital image processing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Internet mapping, field data capture and mobile GIS.



Syllabus
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The curriculum for study is based around a modular programme. A course comprises 12 weeks of teaching and learning activity typically requiring around 150 hours of effort from the average student.

The award of an MSc in GIS requires successful completion of 8 courses and a research dissertation. A Postgraduate diploma is awarded for the completion of 8 courses and the certificate in GIS awarded for the completion of 4 courses.

Courses studied include:

• Introduction to Database Systems
• Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Spatial Analysis
• Fundamentals of Cartography, Map Design and Geovisualisation
• Fundamentals of Image Acquisition, Analysis and Processing
• Research Design and Methods
• Applied Image Analysis and Processing
• Current Issues and Applications of the Geospatial Technologies
• Applied GIS Project Planning & Spatial Analysis

Students who complete the programme at an appropriate standard will be permitted to take the dissertation in Geographical Information Systems in the Final Stage.

Final Stage
• Dissertation in Geographical Information Systems [MSc Candidates]; or
• Project in Geographical Information Systems [Diploma Candidates]



Assessment
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Assessment is by a combination of written assignments and laboratory reports as prescribed for each course, summative written examinations covering the four courses in the first half-session, and a dissertation (M.Sc. candidates) or a project report (Diploma candidates). An oral examination is also required.



Teaching
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Teaching in the first half-session is by a combination of illustrated lectures, practical demonstrations and student-led seminar discussions on pre-arranged topics. During the second half-session the balance changes towards more student-centred learning making use of internet resources, group practical work and lectures/seminars with experts in a range of application fields.



Careers
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The Geographical Information Systems programme continues to have a very successful employment record in the commercial sector, environmental agencies, local and national government, research, and academia, with a wide range of jobs from environmental consultancy, project officers, programmers, sales managers to researchers.

Students are also encouraged to join a professional society such as the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), the Remote Sensing Society (RSS), or the British Cartographic Society (BCS).

Career opportunities are highlighted through site visits, guest lectures, and chances to work with organisations as part of the Diploma Project or M.Sc. Dissertation. This programme provides students with the practical experience, specialist knowledge and problem-solving skills to pursue careers in any of these fields.



Funding
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Funding exists for this programme (dependent on eligibility). Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding



More Information
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More information about this programme can be found on our Postgraduate Prospectus: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=remote_sensing

Visit the Geographical Information Systems page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition

Eligibility

Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.php


(Scholarship)

Science and Engineering Distinction and Merit Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Distinction Scholarships (£5,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of a 1st class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience). Merit Scholarships (£2,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of an upper second class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience).Eligible Programmes:MSc Geographical Information Systems
MSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
MSc Information Systems and Data Management
MSc Information Technology
MSc Oil and Gas Computing
MSc Geophysics
MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management
MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
- Only self-funded applicants are eligible
- If you are eligible to apply, please download the scholarship application form and submit it alongside your programme application
- For Sept 2015 entry, the first closing date for the scholarship will be 1st March 2015. If funding remains, the next closing date will be 1 May and then 1st July 2015
- All relevant transcripts and other information requested as part of any offer have to be received by the University prior to any decision being made
- If unsuccessful for a distinction scholarship, candidates will be automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There will be no need to complete a second one page application form--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000 - 5000

Eligibility

Distinction and Merit scholarships available for a selection of MSc programmes to students from a specificed list of International Countries. Visit your relevant country pages here to find out if you are eligible - http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/inmycountry/index.php Distinction Scholarships - for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of a 1st class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject. Merit Scholarships – for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of an upper second class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject.

Application Procedure

Download application form from our funding database or on your relevant In My Country pages.

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=274



Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2nd Class honours Degree or equivalent qualification, in Agriculture, Computing Science, Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Geomatics, Marine and Coastal Science, Physics, Spatial Planning, Plant Science, Zoology or a cognate subject. Candidates with degrees in other subject areas may be considered if they demonstrate interest, aptitude and experience in a field relevant to the application of geospatial technology. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements (View Website). This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of proficiency.

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