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Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing MSc

Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Geographical Information Systems Remote Sensing

Course type


Course Summary

This innovative, interdisciplinary programme combines the areas of remote sensing and spatial analysis to provide a broad overview of the subject, with scope for specialisation.

Introducing your course

If you have an interest in utilising computer technology to apply geographical knowledge in order to address key societal and environmental issues then our MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (AGISRS) is tailor made for you. You will develop the understanding and technical skills required to analyse geospatial data in order to address real-world problems in diverse areas such as public health, food security or to improving our understanding of the carbon cycle. Combining cutting edge research in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing, this innovative master’s degree can open the door to successful careers in environmental consultancy firms, software companies, government research institutes and post-graduate research degrees to help you fulfil your ambition.

An important feature of the MSc is that you will have the opportunity to learn how to programme in both IDL (applicable to remote sensing) and Python (applicable to GIS) to enable you to automate big GIS and remote sensing tasks. Such programming skills are in high demand by employers, with several of our students letting us know that the jobs they secured after their degree or even prior to graduation had required these programming skills.

Our MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing has three distinctive features:

It focuses on ‘real world’ problems by applying the technology to areas such as public health and environmental management
It combines the study of two key technologies – remote sensing and geographical information systems – within a single programme
It is characterised by strong external links outside the University

The programme 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.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Students will conduct a sustained research-based task, culminating in the production of a substantive academic report of professional standard. Having successfully completed this module you will be able to: Formulate research questions and associated hypotheses. Understand how to plan a research project in GIS or Remote Sensing to address those research questions. Conduct a review of the relevant literature. Familiar with a range of quantitative and/or qualitative modes of scientific enquiry. Source appropriate data sets (primary and/or secondary) and devised a suitable schedule of analysis, which may involve fieldwork. Analyse data and other evidence, and present your results in a seminar. Produce a final report in the approved format.
Skills and Project Work - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University or related subject area or masters degree in an appropriate subject. Applicants will have backgrounds in geography, physics, geomatics, environmental science, ecology, biology, geology and social science; and normally an upper second class undergraduate degree. Lower second class undergraduate degrees will be considered where applicants have subsequent relevant work experience. Other qualifications will be considered in lieu of a relevant undergraduate degree.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more