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Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing

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.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have obtained at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a subject related to that of the MSc programme, e.g. Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering or a cognate discipline.
Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology can be considered for places following inteview and/or assessment by the Director of the MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing Programme. The programme Director and/or the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC must approve candidates. The number of places is limited and selection will be based on academic achievement, relevant work experience, a personal statement from the applicant and/or an interview.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
You will gain a wide variety of technical skills on this programme, including computer-based activities and use of field instruments. You are also made aware of the importance of theoretical concepts, policy initiatives and commercial constraints and limitations which impact on the use of geoinformatics in the workplace. Many transferable skills are also fostered through different learning approaches, including critical thinking, problem-solving, report writing, oral presentations, statistical analysis, independent research and time management.

Further enquiries

Dr Fiona Cawkwell
Course coordinator
T: +353 (0)21 490 2707
E: f.cawkwell@ucc.ie

Dr Paul Holloway
E:paul.holloway@ucc.ie
T:+353 21 4902835

Subjects taught

The course introduces you to the foundational concepts of GIS, RS, programming and cartography in the first teaching period, with lectures and practical classes which explore the underlying principles of the subjects. These skills are developed in the second teaching period with more advanced digital image processing, spatial analysis and geocomputation, again taught through lectures and practical classes.

Running throughout both teaching periods are modules which develop your research skills and explore the applications, technologies and systems of geoinformatics. These modules are taught through a variety of methods which include workshops, seminars, fieldtrips, conferences, site visits, group projects and independent study.

Leading national and international geoinformatics practitioners are invited to lead seminars highlighting industrial, commercial and governmental applications and, where applicable, to demonstrate different equipment used in the discipline. You are encouraged to explore your own interests in geoinformatics through self-directed studies, oral presentations, networking with professional researchers and attending the annual national GIS and RS conferences held each autumn.

When you complete the taught modules you are eligible to undertake the research project in an area of your own choice within the geoinformatics discipline over a four month period from May to September. This research may be undertaken in the university or with the support of a commercial placement organised by you and culminates in a 8,000 word scientific paper. All students have a dedicated computer in the masters' lab in the Department of Geography and are provided with student copies of relevant software as well as access to departmental equipment as necessary for research projects.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

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Course Practicalities
During the two teaching periods, there are daily classes that typically consist of one to two hours of morning lectures followed by two to three hours of afternoon practical sessions in the computer lab. For every hour of taught classes, students are expected to spend two to three hours on self-directed study. An overnight stay may be required for attendance at the national conferences, depending on their location. Students are made aware of the dates of these events at the earliest opportunity and they are a compulsory part of the course.

Because of the very practical nature of the subject, there is a large element of coursework with some of the taught modules assessed entirely through computer-based exercises, written reports, projects and practical activities. Some modules are also assessed through a combination of coursework and examination at the end of each of the two teaching periods. Students are assessed on valuable transferable skills that include written, mathematical, problem-solving and oral assignments, many of which are completed individually or in small groups.

The core teaching staff for the course are Dr Fiona Cawkwell and Dr Paul Holloway, from the Department of Geography. Additional teaching is provided by colleagues from the university's research centres. This teaching is complemented by an active programme of seminars presented by invited guest speakers, who are practicing geoinformaticians from a variety of academic, commercial and government settings.

Assessment method

Because of the very practical nature of the subject, there is a large element of coursework with five of the taught modules assessed entirely through computer-based exercises, written reports, projects and practical activities. The remaining five taught modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination at the end of the second teaching period. Students are assessed on valuable transferable skills that include written, mathematical, problem-solving and oral assignments, many of which are completed individually or in small groups.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2015/2016 Irish/EU €6,000

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10th September 2018

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