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Geospatial Sciences MSc routes

The Geospatial Sciences MSc routes teach students the theory, tools and techniques for working with geospatial data, from acquisition to processing to analysis.

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Students have the opportunity to engage and work with academics and industrial partners on cutting-edge research through seminars and a dissertation.

To find out core information about these degree routes, such as accreditation, entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the applicable UCL prospectus pages:

Programme information

Students may choose to apply to any of the three specialist routes listed above; this will be reflected in their degree title. Alternatively, students may study the core geospatial modules, then have a free choice of other modules (timetabling and pre-requisites permitting), graduating with the MSc in Geospatial Sciences on its own. 

Students on each route undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Module information: 

Geospatial Sciences MSc

The programme educates students in the geospatial sciences, equipping them for careers in this rapidly developing subject. Students will gain broad knowledge of the means of acquiring, processing, and analysing spatial data. Through optional modules, students can study aspects of the subject in more depth – whether focusing on the environment (built, marine, terrestrial), the means of data acquisition or on the computational and analytical processes.

Geospatial Sciences MSc consists of two compulsory modules (30 credits) and six optional modules (90 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of two compulsory modules (30 credits) and six optional modules (90 credits) is also available.

Term 1

Compulsory modules 

Optional modules 

Term 2 

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules in Term 1 and four optional modules in Term 2. One Term 2 module may be exchanged for an elective at the discretion of the programme director.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

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Geospatial Sciences (Building Information Modelling) MSc 

The specialist Building Information Modelling (BIM) programme will educate students in the geometric and semantic aspects of BIM and the integrated management of geospatial and BIM-related data. 

This route consists of seven compulsory modules (105 credits) and one optional module (15 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of seven compulsory modules (105 credits) and one optional module (15 credits) is also available.

Term 1 

Term 2

Please note, students on this route may exchange Web and Mobile GIS - Apps and Programming for an elective module at the discretion of the programme director. 

Dissertation / report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

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Geospatial Sciences (Geographic Information Science and Computing) MSc

This specialist GIS and Computing programme educates students in the theoretical, scientific and practical aspects of geographic information science, with a strong focus on the technical and analytical aspects of the discipline.

This route consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits) is also available.

Term 1

All modules are compuslory

Term 2

Compulsory Modules 

Optional Modules 

Please note, students on this route must choose at least one of the Term 2 optional modules. Either Applied Building Information Modelling or Sensors and Location may be exchanged for an elective module at the discretion of the programme director. 

Dissertation / report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

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Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc 

The programme educates students in the marine geospatial sciences, equipping them for careers in this rapidly developing subject. Students will gain broad knowledge of the means of acquiring, processing, and analysing spatial data in the marine context – using vessel-based acoustic techniques, satellite positioning, AUVs, and much more.

Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits).

Term 1

Term 2

Dissertation / report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

Find out more and apply