Environmental Management and Earth Observation MSc


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Qualification name:Environmental Management and Earth Observation
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Studies in Enviromental Science, Geomatics or Engineering
Excluding:Non Numerate qualifications
Other requirements:Undergraduate degree with relevant mathematical elements. A -Level standard mathematics
IELTS:6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:University Park Campus

Course Overview

This 12 month course is offered by the Department of Civil Engineering but benefits from the research knowledge and expertise of staff in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI).

It is aimed at geography and science graduates, industrial practitioners, military and government personnel.

Data collection and integration are fundamental to environmental management, and technological advances enable us to gather an increasing amount of information from terrestrial measurements, airborne sensors and satellite-based systems. Some techniques enable continuous monitoring and some allow rapid processing from regular data gathering campaigns. Underpinning all of this is the need for an understanding of co-ordinate systems, positioning techniques and geographical information systems.

Key facts

  • The institute, formerly known as the Nottingham Surveying Group, has been active for almost 40 years, covering major advances in terrestrial, air and spaceborne image acquisition systems, inertial navigation systems and the development of satellite-based systems such as Transit, GPS and GLONASS, EGNOS and Galileo.
  • The institute has excellent facilities for teaching and research, with lecturers drawn from a group of highly respected academics and external experts. We work closely with industrial partners and government agencies, and this provides excellent opportunities for our graduates to find employment with high profile organisations.
  • The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and we are an Approved Learning Provider for the HM Forces Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, which applies to this course.


Course Details

Once you have completed the core modules, you will undertake a supervised dissertation over three months, which will give you a great deal of practical experience in data acquisition, processing and analysis. This independent research aims to stimulate creative thinking and improve your powers of critical analysis.  

Teaching is organised in semester-long modules, comprising lectures, seminars, practical sessions and tutorial work. 

Modules are assessed through coursework and examination. 

Course credits total 180; 120 for the taught modules and 60 for the dissertation. 


The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.


UK/EU Students

Please visit the Graduate School for information regarding funding.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


The institute has developed mature links with major commercial companies and government agencies, and many of our alumni have established successful careers within these organisations. 

Our graduates are highly valued and we are regularly approached to  candidates for specific employment opportunities. These are just some of the companies and organisations employing our graduates:

  • Blom Aerofilms
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Concept Systems
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Plowman Craven

Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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