MSc Geospatial Data Analysis

MSc Geospatial Data Analysis
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing are considered essential tools to spatially explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data; and these skills are increasingly highly sought after in the workplace. The MSc in Geospatial Data Analysis will provide you with strong theoretical, conceptual and practical foundation on spatial analytics, covering legislative requirements and ethical considerations. The aim of the programme is to provide you with the skillset for real-world spatial exploration of social, economic and environmental patterns and interactions in support of evidence-based planning and decision-making. It will afford you the opportunity to apply acquired skills in pragmatic contextual settings.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Course Description

The core modules will place a large emphasis on practical hands-on skill buidling on GIS/remote sensing, applied to real-world case-study analysis.  A range of optional modules will provide the flexibility to shape the learning to your own research or career needs.  All optional modules will have an applied geospatial analysis content.

At the end of the programme, you will have practical and applied GIS/remote sensing skills for problem-solving; and knowledge and understanding of tools, methods, and applications within geographic research and practice, across a range of disciplines and work areas.  The programme includes guest speakers from research and industry exposing you to potential internship and career opportunities in the area.

Programme Outcomes

The main learning outcomes of the programme are twofold:

Practical and applied GIS and Remote Sensing skills for problem-solving; and
Knowledge and understanding of tool, methods and applications within geographic research and practice, across a range of disciplines and work areas.
 

Knowledge and understanding – at the end of the programme, you will have acquired an advanced knowledge and understanding of: a) critical theoretical, conceptual and legislative considerations in geospatial data management and analysis; b) current technological advancements in the area; and c) good practice methods and applications.

Applying knowledge and understanding – you will have advanced analytical skills as well as critical thinking and questioning, that will help you to develop expertise in the application of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing  to the fields of social and environmental sciences.

Making judgments – you will have the ability to deal with data and analytical complexity, and be aware of and sensitive to ethical considerations, and you will be able to integrate and apply this knowledge within you professional and everyday lives.

Communication and working skills – the experiences of fieldwork, small group work, and links with industry representatives, GIS/RS researchers and experts as part of this programme will expose you to real-life applications and enable you to clearly articulate your ideas and draw conclusions based on knowledge and rationale, and facilitate communication with both specialists and non-specialists audiences.

Learning skills – At programme completion you will possess: a) a level of advanced learning skills that facilitates self-directed learning and independent research, study, and professional development; b) spatial data management and GIS/remote sensing skills and extensive understanding of technological advancements and applications in the area; and c) a transferable skillset across a range of disciplines and work areas.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to e.g. Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering or a cognate discipline may be advantageous. The programme would also be suitable for those with a professional background in related fields who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.  

There is also an option to exit the programme with a Diploma in Applied Geospatial Analysis if you would prefer not to undertake the dissertation and having completed 60 credits.

Subjects taught

The core modules will place large emphasis on practical hands-on skill building on GIS/Remote sensing, applied to real world case-study analysis.  A range of optional modules will provide the flexibility to shape learning to your own research or career needs.  All optional modules will have an applied geospatial analysis component.  

Stage 1 - Core
Research Design GEOG40390

Dissertation GEOG40520

Introduction to ArcGIS GEOG40820

Advanced GIS GEOG40870

Remote Sensing GEOG40890

Research Design II GEOG40950

Stage 1 - Option

GIS, Cultural Heritage and Spatial Thinking ARCH41340
Critical Geopolitics of Europe GEOG40450
Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration GEOG40750
Physical Geography of Cities GEOG40780
Global South Fieldwork: Vietnam GEOG40830
Practical Environmental Assessment GEOG40860
Population Patterns and Challenges GEOG40880
International Urban Fieldwork GEOG40940
Coastal Risks GEOG40960
Critical Geographies: Spatialising Power and Inequalities GEOG40970
INFOMAR marine seabed data GEOG40990
INFOMAR marine survey data GEOG41000
Social Simulation: Methods and Models SOC40640

Credits

90

Duration

W422: 1 year full-time
W423: 2 years part-time.

Fees

MSc Geospatial Data Analysis (W477) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7315
nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

MSc Geospatial Data Analysis (W478) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4760
nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2021/2022 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability

This programme will provide you with practical and applied GIS/remote sensing abilities as well as a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers.  Graduates of this programme may progress to doctoral study or to careers in:

Evironmental and planning consultancies
Government departments and local authorities
State and semi-state agencies (e.g. Central Statisitics Office, Environmental Protection Agency, Ordnance Survey of Ireland)
Industry (e.g. ESRI, Google)
Think tanks and research bodies

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    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime

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