Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), full-time 12 weeks, part-time one year is offered.
- Analytical and Numerical Methods
- Scientific Computing
- Mapping Science
- 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).
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 quantitative skills the degree provides have proved attractive to 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 areas 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, and governmental and government-affiliated agencies such as DECC and the National Physical Laboratory. The programme is 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 programme has proven attractive to a range of employers. Students acquire 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 degree gives students a unique perspective, not just at UCL, but across the wider world of mapping and environmental science.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 43 staff including 15 postdocs › 158 taught students › 70 research students
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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