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Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (MSc)

Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (MSc)

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Remote Sensing Geographical Information Systems Software (Use) Geography Geographical Information Systems

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Course Summary

About this course

Use geographical data to solve real-world problems on this master’s degree in applied geographical information systems and remote sensing. On this UK MSc course you’ll use the latest technology and develop key programming and analytical techniques. You'll learn the skills to work in a range of careers, from environmental consultancy to government research.

Gain the knowledge and practical skills to analyse geospatial data from remote sensing technology such as satellites and radar. You'll be able to use that data to create geographical information systems (GIS).

These interactive applications are used in everything from engineering and disaster management to understanding the carbon cycle.

On this master's degree from a UK Russell Group university you’ll:

focus on real-world problems in areas such as public health and environmental management
study 2 key technologies in a single programme

A unique feature of the course is the chance to learn programming in both IDL (remote sensing) and Python (GIS), to allow you to automate big GIS and remote-sensing tasks. These programming skills are often required by employers in this field.

Our academics are all active researchers, so you’ll directly benefit from their latest findings. And you’ll be able to choose your own specialism through your choice of optional modules.

Your studies will be enhanced by the use of facilities such as a high-end geoprocessing suite and terrestrial laser scanning equipment.


Programming skills are in great demand with employers, and our GIS and remote sensing master's graduates enjoy very high employment rates.

After graduating from this vocational course you’ll be in an ideal position to work in Earth observation and GIS communities, in programming, development, analysis or consultancy roles.

Your practical knowledge and skills will put you in demand with organisations such as:

  • environmental consultancy firms
  • software companies
  • government research institutes

Alternatively, you might choose to stay with us to continue your researches at PhD level.

The course will develop your knowledge of the subject area in order to enhance employment opportunities within Earth Observation and GIS communities, consultancies, private and public sectors.


This module is intended to provide foundational GIS skills for various Masters-levels programmes (such as the MSc in Applied GIS and Remote Sensing and MSc in Sustainability). It is intended to introduce Geographical Information Systems and Science to those with no prior experience and to consolidate the knowledge of those who have previously taken one or more introductory GIS modules. It provides the foundation for further studies in GIS at more advanced levels. The module is very applied in its nature, with a large component of hands-on practical work which is used to expand and reinforce material taught in lectures.

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in one of these subjects: geography; physics; geomatics; environmental science; ecology; biology; geology;engineering; social science.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more