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Satellite Data Science MSc

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Full time | University of Leicester | 12 months | SEP-23

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Data Science Geological Data Analysis

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

Satellite observations of the Earth provide us with detailed information about the natural environment and allow us to monitor how humans are altering the planet. Uptake, use, and commercialisation of Earth observation data demands expertise in data analysis. There is a need for graduates who understand the principles of remote sensing whilst being able to write computer programmes, especially in Python, and use high-performance computing infrastructure. This course covers these areas, placing you in a strong position to seek employment in industry.

On this degree you will:

  • Use data from space-based sensors to understand and tackle pressing global environmental challenges related to the biosphere and atmosphere.
  • Develop analytical skills to use and process big datasets from satellites and other sensors.
  • Learn to effectively use and modify open-access big data processing environments such as Python and R.
  • Get started with cutting-edge image processing techniques, artificial intelligence and machine learning, on different platforms (e.g. cloud computing).
  • Gain an appreciation for the extensive application of Earth observations to multiple sectors throughout the world.

Careers and employability

This course will provide you with a broad-based education in data analytics techniques suitable for a career in data science in multiple sectors, not necessarily limited to a career focused on satellite observations: research, academia, industry, SMEs, start-ups, government, policy, NGOs, not-for-profits. You will gain practical experience using tools and software (R, Python) that increase your employability and contribute to addressing the shortage of qualified data scientists in the UK and abroad.


This module will combine an introduction to the atmosphere and atmospheric sensing with practical experience in analysing large and complex atmospheric datasets. After introducing atmospheric composition and structure and fundamental principles of radiative transfer, we will explore two key topic areas in depth - air quality, and climate/greenhouse gases - to provide key understanding of techniques and applications in atmospheric EO. Through these topics you will gain understanding of how we monitor changes in the atmosphere due to human and natural activity, and impacts of these changes on people and the planet.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Non-standard qualification or professional experience in a relevant area may be considered.

University information

For a century, the University of Leicester has been home to great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking work of the university’s expert research groups, postgraduate students will tackle the emerging social, economic, political, and scientific issues head-on and set the agenda where others simply follow....more