Environmental Mapping MSc

Options: PG Certificate

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 environmental issues across a wide range of applications.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time twelve weeks, part-time one year) is offered.

Core Modules

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


  • Options may include the following:
  • Climate Modelling
  • Airborn Data Acquisition
  • Surface Water Modelling
  • Terrestrial Carbon: Monitoring and Modelling
  • Global Monitoring of Environment and Society
  • Image Understanding


All students undertake an individual research project. The department has links with industry, and projects may be carried out in collaboration with organisations outside UCL.

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, and a dissertation (including a poster presentation).

Further details available on subject website:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas equivalent (e.g. oceanography, marine studies, geography, civil engineering, geology, mathematics, physics). Relevant work experience will be considered.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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 mapping and monitoring positions in public and private sector institutions. The quanitative skills the course provides have proved attractive for employers, particularly the grounding in programming, data handling and analysis, image processing and report writing. These skills are generic and have allowed graduates to go into a range of careers in mapping and spatial analysis but also area such as conservation and management and policy. Environmental Mapping graduates find jobs in diverse companies from consultants and NGOs carrying out environmental and spatial analysis, governmental and government-affiliated agencies such as DECC and the National Physical Laboratory. The programme i also a suitable training for those wishing to undertake higher level work as a prelude to a PhD


The range of generic, transferable skills provided by the course have proven to be attractive to a range of employers. The course provides students with fundamental understanding of the key principles of mapping and data handling and analysis, as well as the ability to communicate their ideas. These principles can and are applicable across a wide range of career options. The interdisciplinary, intercollegiate nature of the course provides students with a unique perspective, not just from UCL, but across the wider world of mapping and environmental science.
The first cohort of students on the Environmental Mapping MSc are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

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