About This Course
Geography - Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2019
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2019
Minimum of a 2H2 honours degree or equivalent in geography, geology, environmental sciences, computer science, physics, maths, engineering, or a discipline relevant to geoinformatics. See Requirements for full details.
Not on offer 2019/2020
Not on offer 2019/2020
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.
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
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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,000.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €14,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
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:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
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The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
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2. Apply Online
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3. Gather Supporting Documents
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- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
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4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
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Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme and you are also asked to provide an academic reference indicating your potential for postgraduate study. The supplementary form is available to view here: CKR09 Supplementary Questions.