Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Remote Sensing and The Living Environment

The course combines the fields of the Living Environment 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 conservation, biodiversity and sustainability, and the application of ecological principles to restoration problems. 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 human impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, glaciology, hydrology, forestry, coastal change, carbon cycle science and biodiversity). Within the Living Environment, you will engage with the hot topics of ecosystems: the effects of pollution, climate change, natural resource exploitation, rehabilitation, and new technologies on managing the environment will be explored.

Entry requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.
English Language Requirements: If you have a Bachelor's degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency.

Course modules

Modules include: Advanced Research Skills 1: Science Communication And Data Analysis; Fundamentals Of Remote Sensing And Gis; Programming For Scientists; Advanced Research Skills 2: Research Design And Data Acquisition; Skills In Remote Sensing; Work Experience In Geographical Information Systems/remote Sensing; Research Dissertation In Geographical Information Systems/remote Sensing

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 24 months

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