Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems - Online

Ulster University - Belfast

Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems - Online

This course delivers contemporary content on remote sensing and GIS, integrating theoretical and practical learning activities encompassing acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of geospatial data. It satisfies the demand for science-qualified personnel capable of employing remote sensing data and advanced spatial analytical skills to assist informed decision-making in a variety of disciplines.

The course suits recent graduates upskilling in remote sensing and GIS to enhance employability or change career, or professionals already in remote sensing/GIS-related employment willing to broaden and deepen geospatial knowledge and skills to enhance career and promotion prospects. You will develop skills in a areas including:

- Remote sensing and photogrammetry
- Analysis of active and passive remote sensing data
- GIS, spatial data management and analysis
- Programming for GIS and remote sensing
- Applications of remote sensing and GIS in marine studies/ environmental management

Job opportunities include roles such as analysts, scientists, project managers, data specialists, technicians, research officers, and lecturing in both public and private sectors.

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Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

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This course is open to international (non-EU) students.

For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.

Application dates

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Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2023.

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Career options
Remote sensing, GIS and geospatial technologies underpin a rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar industry, and are becoming increasingly mainstream within both the public and private sectors, resulting in a need for graduates who have a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Participants and graduates of this course could seek employment in a variety of remote sensing/ GIS-related roles such as analysts, scientists, consultants, project managers, surveyors, data specialists, technicians, mapping officers, development, sales and marketing, customer support, GIS training, lecturing and research (including funded PhD projects). The breadth of potential uses of remote sensing and GIS ensures a great diversity of job opportunities; for example, our GIS graduates have found employment with mapping agencies, GIS and SatNav companies, environmental consultancies, ecological and marine resource management and environmental agencies, renewable energy companies, forestry, fisheries, town planning departments, heritage agencies, health and emergency services, housing authorities, local government, aid agencies, countryside recreation, rural development, retail analysis, utilities and infrastructure, Further and Higher Education, mining and mineral exploitation and the oil industry, among others. Knowledge and understanding of geospatial data are also increasingly required in a variety of jobs outside of the GI profession, making remote sensing and GIS qualifications valuable for enhancing employability in a range of fields.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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