Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing

GIS and Remote Sensing systems are widely used in a variety of fields including government, industry, planning, health studies, environmental investigations and management and in general consultancy. This one-year course seeks to provide the experience required in order to fully utilise these skills in a range of applied settings.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum requirement of a second class honours (2:1) or equivalent in any of the following subjects: geography, planning; physics; computer science; environmental science; geology; mathematics or other cognate discipline. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHN58 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Successful students have gained employment with local and national government agencies, within industry and within the environmental sector, while others have proceeded to PhD level research and gained employment in academia.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Ronan Foley
Tel: +353(0)1 7086024
Fax: +353(0)1 7083573

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include a work placement, theoretical remote sensing, digital image processing and advanced remote sensing, introductory GI systems and science and GIS in practice with optional programming, spatial databases and geophysics modules.


Geography is regularly ranked as one of the most visible international research programmes at Maynooth University and in Europe. Our staff are known for excellence in teaching and research in physical and human geography, and are frequently featured in the media, including Dr Conor Murphy (on climate change), Dr Jan Rigby (on health inequalities), Dr Adrian Kavanagh (on elections), Dr Chris van Egeraat (on economic geography) and Dr Mary Gilmartin (on migration).

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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