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MSc Earth and Planetary Observation

MSc Earth and Planetary Observation

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Full time | University of Stirling | 12 months | 27-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Earth Sciences Planetology Space Research

Course type


Course Summary


This is the only MSc in the UK to combine Earth observation and space exploration. The course is a response to the growing investment in the space sector, and the increasing need by industry for trained individuals to exploit remote sensing tools.

Our course is highly relevant to the recruitment needs of employers and offers a range of career opportunities in the space sector with unique focus on environmental, heritage and resource management sectors.

This course provides a thorough scientific grounding in remote sensing and professional training in geospatial technology and programming, with a unique focus on environmental applications and space exploration.

We'll cover satellite, space, (un)manned airborne and remote sensing to give a core professional and academic training in GIS, data analytics, modelling and theoretical, field and lab skills. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Course objectives

The MSc in Earth and Planetary Observation aims to prepare graduates for a successful career in:

  • environmental, heritage and resource management (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, energy, insurances, waste crime) sectors
  • the fast-growing downstream space and technology-driven industries, including government regulators, local authorities, universities and space agencies

We aim to provide an in-depth, critical and balanced understanding of the theoretical foundations of remote sensing alongside current and emerging environmental and other applications.

This course will develop transferable professional and academic skills and will combine interdisciplinary scientific knowledge in environmental sciences with practical and cutting edge observation technology.


Python scripting will be covered, along with some more advanced libraries such as numpy and pandas.

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

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as geosciences, geography, environmental sciences, physics, engineering, mathematics is required for entry to this course. Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with significant appropriate work, may also be considered.