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Geospatial Sciences MSc

Geospatial Sciences MSc teaches students the theory, tools and techniques for working with geospatial data, from acquisition to processing to analysis. Students have the opportunity to engage and work with academics and industrial partners on cutting-edge research through seminars and a dissertation.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,640 (FT)
£6,810 (PT)
Overseas:
£28,530 (FT)
£14,320 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Accreditation:

The Geospatial Sciences MSc is accredited by RICS. RICS works in partnership with universities to ensure that their accredited degree courses are relevant to industry. This means that when you study on an accredited degree this will be recognised by employers as the benchmark of quality.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering, architecture, geography, urban planning, mathematics, surveying, marine and earth sciences, computer science) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Normally only candidates with either a first or upper second-class degree will be accepted, although applicants with a lower second-class degree supported by extensive work experience will also 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: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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About this degree

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, with the flexibility on this route to tailor the geospatial sciences programme to their particular requirements through optional choices.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme 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.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Geospatial Sciences. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Geospatial Sciences.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

All students will take the following compulsory modules in the first term:

  • Geospatial Science
  • Geospatial Programming

Please visit the Geospatial Sciences MSc routes programme page for further compulsory module details, selecting Geospatial Sciences MSc in the Programme information section. 

Optional modules

90 credits are to be studied from the following modules. Terms (T1, T2) are indicated in brackets. Students choose two optional modules in Term 1 and four optional modules in Term 2.

  • Data Analysis (T1)
  • Engineering Surveying (T1)
  • Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation (T1)
  • Spatial Databases and Data Management (T1)
  • Applied Building Information Modelling (T2)
  • Reality Capture and Precision 3D Sensing (T2)
  • Sensors and Location (T2)
  • Spatial-Temporal Data Analysis and Data Mining (T2)
  • Web and Mobile GIS - Apps and Programming (T2)

One Term 2 module may be exchanged for an elective (any other UCL Master's level module) at the programme director's discretion. Visit the Geospatial Sciences MSc routes programme page for further optional module details.

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).

Fieldwork

Some modules contain an element of fieldwork using specialist equipment in an applied setting.


Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, computer sessions, seminars and field classes. Assessment is via coursework (individual and group), presentations, written examinations and the dissertation.

Additional costs

There is no additional cost for fieldwork.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
Deadline: 14 May 2020
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Students graduating with a degree in Geospatial Sciences will be equipped for a diverse range of roles, including GIS/BIM professional or officer, data scientist, geospatial software developer, and consultant. Our students establish strong links with industry through the industrial seminar series and industrial research projects. Additionally, many graduates from our programmes go on to PhD research at UCL or elsewhere.

Employability

Students will gain a range of technical skills in geospatial science that are highly valued by employers, including the use of specialist software for BIM and GIS (ArcMap, QGIS, FME, Revit, PostGIS); programming, web and software development (Python, R, Java, Javascript, HTML/CSS, PHP); geospatial data acquisition, processing and management; geospatial data visualisation and analysis.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated in the heart of London. This dynamic MSc programme consolidates the department’s expertise in the geospatial sciences into a single degree, giving students a broad knowledge of the topic.

Students studying Geospatial Sciences MSc will benefit from the department’s excellent research and industry links, including attending our industrial and research seminar series, and carrying out a research project with one of our many industrial partners.

Accreditation:

The Geospatial Sciences MSc is accredited by RICS. RICS works in partnership with universities to ensure that their accredited degree courses are relevant to industry. This means that when you study on an accredited degree this will be recognised by employers as the benchmark of quality.

Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The typical applicant will have an academic background in a subject such as engineering, architecture, environmental studies, geography, mathematics, earth sciences, physical or computational sciences. Alternative subjects may be accepted, provided that applicants can demonstrate numeracy and aptitude for programming through experience and appropriate training courses. Relevant work experience may also be considered in lieu of a degree, on a case by case basis.

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Geospatial Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Geospatial Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • 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.

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