Ms Fiona Mannion
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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Research Assessment Rating
65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Remote Sensing MSc
The Remote Sensing MSc at UCL is the leading Master's level programme in remote sensing in the UK. It offers the opportunity to study at an advanced level the ways in which remote sensing instruments in space and on aircraft may be used to collect environmental information about the Earth.
What will I learn?
Students develop an all-round knowledge of remote sensing, including the fundamental principles, the current technological developments and the applications to local, regional and global problems. They gain highly developed, marketable practical skills to enable them to take leading roles in academic, government or industrial sectors of remote sensing.
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.
A distinctive feature of the programme is its intercollegiate nature which exposes students to a range of university departments and expertise across fields including monitoring and modelling vegetation and carbon stocks, solid earth and geology, fire impacts, new sensor technology and ocean processes.
The programme is integrated with the Geography MSc programmes providing additional flexibility in the course options.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
All students undertake an individual 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, individual and group coursework, and compulsory computer training. Student learning is supported by tutorials, transferable skills training and research supervision throughout the year. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, dissertation and an oral presentation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Acceptable degrees include oceanography, marine studies, geography, civil engineering, geology, mathematics, and physics. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered. Formal qualifications in mathematics are not a prerequisite for entry to the programme but students are expected to have an aptitude for mathematical studies and if necessary to undertake revision prior to the start of the programme.
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 will appeal to students looking to understand the role that remote sensing can play in understanding the environment. Students with backgrounds in environmental sciences and in more quantitative sciences (physics, engineering) who wish to develop their skills in this context will find the programme suitable.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Remote Sensing
- why you want to study Remote Sensing 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
This MSc will appeal to individuals interested in developing research training while acquiring vocational skills for work in remote sensing related positions in public and private sector institutions. Remote Sensing graduates find jobs in diverse companies from consultants such as Nigel Press Associates, through major international companies such as Logica, to government agencies such as the Ordnance Survey or QinetiQ. The programme is also a suitable training for those wishing to undertake higher level work as a prelude to a PhD in remote sensing. Many of the programme alumni now occupy academic positions throughout the remote sensing community.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: