Environmental Management and Earth Observation MSc


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MSc Environmental Management and Earth Observation
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Undergraduate degree with relevant mathematical elements. A -Level standard mathematics
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course benefits from the expertise of staff in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute.
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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.

Entry requirements: 2:1 (or international equivalent) in environmental science, geomatics or engineering. A level standard mathematics or equivalent is also required.

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.


Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact cele-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk.


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.   


Compulsory modules

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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. 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

In 2016, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

University of the year for graduate employment

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

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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