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Applied Geospatial Analysis

MSc Applied Geospatial 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 Applied Geospatial 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

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.

Course Description
The core modules will place a 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 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/RS 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 them to develop expertise in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) to the fields of social and environmental sciences.

Making judgments – you will have the ability to deal with data and analytical complexity, and to 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 your communication to both specialists and non-specialists.

Learning skills – 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

Entry Requirements
• Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or international equivalent at bachelors level.
• Relevant professional or voluntary experience may be considered as part of the application process.
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent. Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
• Applicants should have basic computer skills.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Duration

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

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Clare Keenan
Contact Number: +353 1 716 8179

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. There is also an option to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Geospatial Analysis (by not undertaking the dissertation component of the programme).

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
International Fieldwork
GEOG40700

Development and the Global South
GEOG40760

Physical Geography of Cities
GEOG40780

Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches
GEOG40800

Population Patterns and Challenges
GEOG40880

International Urban Fieldwork
GEOG40940

Social Simulation: Methods and Models
SOC40640

Comment

Related Programmes
• MA Geography FT
• MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy FT
• MSc Geographies of the Global South FT
• MSc Urban Environment FT

Application date

MSc Applied Geospatial Analysis FT (W422)
Deadline: Rolling *

MSc Applied Geospatial Analysis PT (W423)
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc Applied Geospatial Analysis (W422) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €7315
nonEU: fee per year - €19900

MSc Applied Geospatial Analysis (W423) 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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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