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MSc Geograp.Information Systems & Remote Sensing

Given the wider development of Citizen GIS and an increased public awareness and knowledge of the power and value of spatial data, vastly increased amounts of such data from different sources are now available to researchers. However, in order to turn these data into useful information, they must be efficiently managed, processed and analysed before being displayed in a comprehensible format. Geographical Information Systems and the associated field of Remote Sensing greatly aid us in such tasks.

The course is equally split between both parts – GIS and Remote Sensing – with four core module introducing the theory and practice of both subject at an introductory and advanced level. Geographical Information Systems or GIS as they are better known, are widely used in a wide variety of subject fields across the physical and social sciences and even in the humanities, with applicability in everything from archaeology and astronomy to geomorphology and globalisation to soil science and social planning. Remote Sensing – the analysis and interpretation of aerial and satellite imagery – has transformed the manner in which we view the Earth.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: €14,000
Location: Maynooth, Ireland

Course Structure

The course consists of 6 modules, 5 of which are compulsory. Two of these cover the theoretical concepts underpinning GIS and Remote Sensing. Two other modules involve gaining the theoretical and technical skills necessary to become proficient in the management and analysis of spatial data. A fifth module involves an assessed work placement during the summer months.

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“MU has given me the opportunity and freedom to complete my M. Litt in an area of education that I am passionate about. I have been able to bring together my two areas of interest, that of educational disadvantage and psychology. Rather than being curtailed to traditional research areas or topics, completing the M.Litt has opened up new perspectives for me and allowed me to question my own educational views and the status quo in education, in a critical way.”

Anne-Marie McGovern // Postgradute Master of Education // Tusla EWS Integrated Services Manager

Career Options

The MSc in GIS and Remote Sensing is first and foremost a course to skill students for work in a wide range of employment areas. These include a wide range of government and semi-state agencies, local authorities and the voluntary sector, especially in areas associated with the environment and planning. In addition, graduates have worked in a wide range of private sector organisations and businesses, where the ability to work with and critically managed big spatial data is increasingly valued. Successful students have also proceeded to PhD level research and gained employment in academia.

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