Aberystwyth University
Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) MSc
Aberystwyth University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course combines the fields of GIS and Remote Sensing to provide students with a strong theoretical and conceptual background and vocational training in these inter-related topics. Having completed your undergraduate degree in a related field, this MSc will enable you to bring your skills and knowledge up to date with a mastery of the latest technological tools and contemporary theoretical understanding. The course particularly focuses on conveying new approaches to data processing, analysis and interpretation as well as the use of innovative technologies, such as unmanned airborne vehicles.

The course is a full-time programme, taught over one year, and is divided into two parts over three semesters. In part one, you will establish a breadth of necessary skills in a number of core modules whilst directing your own study by choosing specialist modules, worth a total of 120 credits. In part two, you will apply your learning in the individual dissertation worth an additional 60 credits.

The Remote Sensing component will introduce you to a range of technologies (including radar, optical/hyperspectral sensing and lidar) in a breadth of application contexts (including climate change, human impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, glaciology, hydrology, forestry, coastal change, carbon cycle science to biodiversity). Within GIS, you will encounter fundamental concepts and software functionality.

The taught part of the course (Part 1) is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of your research dissertation (Part 2) leads to the award of MSc.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

2ii Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent.  Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience. International applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency at IELTS 7.0, with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Tuition Fees Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) MSc

EU £7800
England UK £7800
Northern Ireland £7800
Scotland £7800
Wales £7800
Channel Islands £7800
International £15850

Additional fee information

N.B. The above fees for full-time study in 2020-2021 only. If the course is studied on a part-time basis, the tuition fees are half of the full-time fee in the first year. The tuition fee for the second year of the course will be subject to a slight increase in line with the fees for that academic session. Similarly if the course is interrupted for any reason.

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences:
MRes programmes: Students are required to attend a conference relevant to their field of research. This will often be cost-free to the student as Learned Societies often cover costs for postgraduate members who attend their meetings. Where this is not the case, IBERS funds according to the formula: First £200 paid by IBERS, then half of anything reasonable above this. The conference choice is decided in consultation with the supervisor and there will usually be one available that is free or no more than £100 payable by the student.

MSc Environmental Change, Impact & Adaptation
This course consists of a compulsory UK-based field trip which takes place in October. This usually costs no more that £100 to the student.

MSc Computer Science Software Engineering with Integrated Industrial Placement
Please note that a tuition fee for industrial placement year is payable. However, this will be a a lower rate that the full-time tuition fee.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University (Aber) was founded in 1872 in Aberystwyth, Wales. This university has earned itself an impressive array of awards in various domains, including in teaching standards and post-graduate employability. Whether you enjoy walking by the beach or visiting the historic town centre, Aberystwyth is a superb option for those students looking for a quiet place to focus on their academic goals.

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