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 degree (or international equivalent) in environmental science, geomatics or engineering. A level standard mathematics (or international equivalent) is also required.
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 a combination of coursework and examination.
Course credits total 180; 120 for the taught modules and 60 for the dissertation.
Teaching and learning takes place through a combination of lectures, seminars (both teacher- and student-led), individual consultations, literature study, practical work including laboratory work, group interaction and discussion and learning through self-directed study.
Assessment is by a combination of seen or unseen written examinations, coursework, oral presentations, poster presentations, performance, other assignments and independent study modules.
Academic English preparation and support
If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.