UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

The MSc Geoinformatics 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. The course 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. 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. The course introduces 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.

Part I

GG6501 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
GG6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits)
GG6504 Digital image Processing (5 credits)
GG6505 Applications of Geoinformatics (10 credits)
GG6531 Computer Programming for GIS Applications (5 credits)
GG6533 Spatial Ecology and GIS (5 credits)
GG6535 Data Visualisation (5 credits)
GG6536 Geospatial Data Analysis (10 credits)
GG6537 Internet GIS (10 credits)

Part II

GG6511 Dissertation in Geoinformatics (30 credits)


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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. The core teaching staff for the course are Dr Fiona Cawkwell, Dr Paul Holloway and Dr Dipto Sarkar, from the Department of Geography, complemented by guest speakers, who are practicing geoinformaticians from a variety of academic, commercial and government settings.

Why Choose This Course

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.


Candidates 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.  

Candidates 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 Department must approve candidates. 

English Language Requirements

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

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.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,130.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,400.


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

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

Note:  The only additional costs are related to the two national conferences, for which there may be a registration charge and accommodation and travel expenses, however these should not amount to more than €100 per conference.

How Do I Apply

1. Apply online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

2. Gather supporting documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

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

3. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

4. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

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.

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