The MSc in Geoinformatics addresses the growing need for science-trained postgraduates who are technically aware and competent to work in the field of geoinformatics, particularly as applied to environmental and resource management. This twelve month full-time course of study covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of geoinformatics, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), satellite navigation systems, cartography, visualisation, programming and web services.
The course consists of 60 credits of taught modules, followed by independent research towards a dissertation worth 30 credits. In addition to the taught modules, you will have the opportunity to meet practitioners through regular seminars led by experts in the discipline from Ireland and abroad, visits to local geoinformatics enterprises and attendance at relevant Irish conferences. With an MSc in GIS and RS, you will be highly sought after by employers on graduation, and many of the graduates of this programme have found jobs within weeks of graduating and are still employed in the sector several years later.
Why choose this course?
This course is unique in Ireland in offering a diverse range of skills and techniques in GIS, RS, cartography, programming and spatial analysis, with an opportunity to develop those skills through an independent research project. By drawing on the research and commercial expertise within the department, you have access to equipment and knowledge unparalleled within Ireland. Students graduate with a broad knowledge of geospatial techniques that are highly desired by employers in a range of applications.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
While there are no compulsory placement requirements as part of the course, you are actively encouraged to seek opportunities to develop your skills in a commercial environment as part of the independent research project. Several successful partnerships have been developed in this way, resulting in students having access to data and knowledge not available in-house and enabling them to undertake novel and innovative research that directly supports the work of a commercial or government enterprise.