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Geography and EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (2 years)

Five renowned European institutes have formed a consortium to offer the unique MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM).

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Geo-information Science and Earth Observation and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

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This MSc was initiated through the EU Erasmus Mundus programme, with fully funded EU scholarships available for exceptional students from outside the EU. Students may come to the University of Southampton for the dissertation module in Year 2 after a foundational year of study at Lund University or University of Twente.

The 24-month programme is run collaboratively by: the University of Southampton; Lund University (Sweden); the University of Warsaw (Poland); the University of Iceland and the University of Twente (Netherlands).

Teaching is provided by world-renowned staff and visiting scholars. The programme will enable you to develop:

  • a critical understanding of technical and scientific tools
  • excellent management and personal skills
  • an ability to operate in different cultural and linguistic settings

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To Apply

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Programme Structure

You will learn about environmental systems, their components and interactions with society, as well as become qualified in the rapidly expanding field of geo-information science.

Key Facts

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: Applications are through ITC in The Netherlands

Average applications per place: 3

Applicants should have a first or upper second class (2.1) BSc honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with work experience in a relevant field.

Proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

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Typical course content

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Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
EquipmentIT - Software Licences: Most of the essential software used in this module (e.g. ENVI, ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine) are available through the university held licenses
EquipmentIT - Hardware: Public workstations are available for students to use in this module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations are likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

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