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Ms Fiona Mannion

Email: masters@geog.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0575/7579

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Environmental Mapping MSc

The Environmental Mapping MSc is designed to appeal to students looking to understand the environment. It provides the opportunity to study at an advanced level the ways in which spatial data can be collected, processed and analysed to map and understand the environment.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students receive core training in mapping science, analytical methods, GIS, image processing, and other fundamentals of geomatics. They develop techniques for the acquisition of data including satellite remote sensing, GNSS and LIDAR, alongside techniques for the analysis, processing, interpretation, and display of spatial data.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The MSc is run by UCL Geography, which enjoys an outstanding reputation for its research and teaching.

This MSc offers students an all-round knowledge of methods of monitoring and understanding the environment, including the fundamental principles, current technological developments and the applications to local, regional and global problems.

Graduates of the programme are equipped with highly developed practical skills to enable them to take leading roles in academic, government or industrial sectors.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and an research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Analytical and Numerical Methods
  • Scientific Computing
  • Image Processing and GIS
  • Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing


  • Options may include the following:
  • Environmental GIS
  • Lakes
  • Coastal Change
  • Surface Water Modelling
  • Management/Group Project
  • Terrestrial Carbon: Monitoring and Modelling
  • Global Monitoring of Environment and Society
  • Image Understanding


All students undertake an independent research project. The department enjoys strong links with industry, and projects are often carried out in collaboration with organisations outside the college.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, transferable skills training, compulsory computer training and research supervision. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, a dissertation and an oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with backgrounds in environmental sciences (such as geography and geology), and for those with backgrounds in more quantitative sciences (such as physics or engineering) who wish to exploit their skills in an environmental science context.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Environmental Mapping
  • why you want to study Environmental Mapping at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The MSc will appeal to individuals interested in developing research training while acquiring vocational skills for work in environmental and mapping related positions in public and private sector institutions. The programme also offers a suitable training for those wishing to undertake higher level work as a prelude to a PhD.

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