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Course Fact File
Duration1 Year Full-time
Teaching ModeFull-time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9 September 2024

Course Outline

Our MSc Geoinformatics programme addresses the need for technically aware and competent postgraduates to work in the field of geoinformatics, particularly as applied to environmental and resource management. This twelve-month full-time course covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of geoinformatics, including Geographical Information Systems and Science (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), geospatial data analysis and visualisation, programming, and internet GIS.

MSc Geoinformatics consists of 60 credits of taught modules, followed by independent research towards a dissertation, written up as an 8,000-word scientific paper, worth 30 credits. The Department of Geography offers 50 credits of core modules, with students provided the opportunity to enrol in an additional 10 credits from within Geography or beyond. In addition to the taught modules, you will have the opportunity to meet practitioners through regular seminars led by experts from Ireland and abroad, visits to local geoinformatics enterprises, and attendance at relevant Irish conferences.

We will introduce you to the foundational concepts of geoinformatics in the first teaching period, with lectures and practical classes. These skills are developed in the second teaching period with more advanced digital image processing, internet GIS and applications of geoinformatics, again taught through lectures, practical classes, and workshops. On completion of the taught modules, you undertake the dissertation (research project) in an area of your choice within the geoinformatics discipline over the summer.

Core Modules

Part I

  • GG6501 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
  • GG6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits)
  • GG6505 Applications of Geoinformatics (10 credits)
  • GG6533 Spatial Ecology and GIS (5 credits)
  • GG6535 Data Visualisation (5 credits)
  • GG6536 Geospatial Data Analysis (10 credits)
  • GG6537 Internet GIS (10 credits)
  • plus Elective Module(s) (10 credits)

Part II

  • GG6511 Dissertation in Geoinformatics (30 credits)

See the College Calendar (MSc Geoinformatics) for more information.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

During the two teaching periods, there are daily classes of one to two hours of lectures followed by two to three hours of 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.

Due to the very practical nature of the subject, there is a large element of coursework with many modules assessed entirely through computer-based exercises, written reports, projects, and practical activities. Some modules also have practical or written exams at the end of the semester. Students are assessed on valuable transferable skills within written, mathematical, computing, problem-solving and oral assignments, many of which are completed individually or in small groups.

Why Choose This Course

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This course is unique in Ireland in offering a diverse range of skills and techniques in GIS, RS, spatial data analysis and visualisation, programming and internet GIS, with an opportunity to develop those skills through an independent dissertation (research project). By drawing on the research interests and expertise within the department, in addition to those of invited speakers, you will be exposed to a wide range of different applications of geoinformatics, allowing you to build on your existing thematic knowledge and skills. You will graduate with a broad knowledge of geospatial techniques that are highly desired by employers, in Ireland and other countries, in a range of applications.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

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 and several successful partnerships have been developed in this way.

Skills and Careers Information

You will gain a wide variety of technical skills on this programme, including use of a number of proprietary and open source software and datasets, and the ability to write and adapt computer code. You will be exposed to the use of geoinformatics in a wide range of different environmental disciplines, which will fit you for a variety of different career routes. Many transferable skills are also fostered through different learning approaches, including critical thinking, problem-solving, report writing, oral presentations, statistical analysis, computer programming, independent research and time management.


Applicants for the MSc in Geoinformatics must normally hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8)or above, in a cognate area, e.g. Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering or a cognate discipline.  

Applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), but with proven experience in an area of Geoinformatics, or with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology, can be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a place following interview and/or written or practical assessment by the programme team of the MSc in Geoinformatics. 

The number of places is limited and selection will be based on academic achievement, relevant work experience, and a personal statement from the applicant. The Head of the Department must approve candidates. 

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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