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Geography and EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (1 year)

This innovative, interdisciplinary programme combines the areas of remote sensing and spatial analysis to provide a broad overview of the subject, with scope for specialisation.

Introducing your course

If you have an interest in utilising computer technology to apply geographical knowledge in order to address key societal and environmental issues then our MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (AGIS&RS) is tailor made for you. You will develop the understanding and technical skills required to analyse geospatial data in order to address real-world problems in diverse areas such as public health, food security or to improving our understanding of the carbon cycle. Combining cutting edge research in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing, this innovative master’s degree can open the door to successful careers in environmental consultancy firms, software companies, government research institutes and post-graduate research degrees to help you fulfil your ambition.


Our MSc in Applied Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing has three distinctive features:

  • It focuses on ‘real world’ problems by applying the technology to areas such as public health and environmental management
  • It combines the study of two key technologies – remote sensing and geographical information systems – within a single programme
  • It is characterised by strong external links outside the University

The programme will develop your knowledge of the subject area in order to enhance employment opportunities within earth observation and GIS communities, consultancies, private and public sectors.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Applicants will have relevant degree backgrounds and normally an upper second-class undergraduate degree. Lower second-class undergraduate degrees will be considered where applicants have subsequent relevant work experience. Other qualifications will be considered in lieu of a relevant undergraduate degree. Fees will be advised annually.

You should apply using the University's on-line application form.

Programme Structure

Semester 1:
Core modules: Core skills in GIS; Skills and Project Work
Optional modules: GIS for Environmental Management, Programming Skills for Remote Sensing, GIS and Spatial Technologies for Archaeology

Semester 2:
Core modules: Skills and Project Work; Topographic Data Analysis Techniques and Applications, Practical Skills in Remote Sensing
Optional modules: Census and Neighbourhood Analysis; Environment and Development; GIS for Healthcare Management, GIS for Analysis of Health

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“State of the art computer laboratories coupled with practicals and theoretical classes easily facilitate student understanding of the course. ”

Eric Otoo - GIS and Remote Sensing, 2013
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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 20

Average applications per place: 3

First or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University or related subject area or masters degree in an appropriate subject.

Applicants will have backgrounds in geography, physics, geomatics, environmental science, ecology, biology, geology and social science; and normally an upper second class undergraduate degree. Lower second class undergraduate degrees will be considered where applicants have subsequent relevant work experience. Other qualifications will be considered in lieu of a relevant undergraduate degree.

International applicants are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

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Typical course content

To successfully complete the programme, you will need to attain 180 credit points by completing 8 modules of study (and your research project / dissertation). The taught element of the programme is divided into a series of core and optional modules. The core modules provide foundational skills in GIS and remote sensing. Optional modules can be taken from within the MSc AGISRS programme or from other MSc programmes offered by the university. Some modules may have prerequisites that need to be satisfied by taking certain modules or which can be fulfilled based on prior experience. Advice on module selection will be provided by the programme convenor and the programme leader.

The research project is undertaken in the summer semester and is supervised by an appropriate member of staff from the within the department. Research projects may also be undertaken in collaboration with organisations outside of the university. In this case, the research project will be supervised by a member of staff within Geography and Environment and by a mentor from the external organisation. Examples of projects undertaken with external organisations include:

  • Investigation into the use of remote sensing for assessing early recovery in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake [with ImageCat]
  • Use of moderate resolution satellite data to detect near-real time deforestation in Democratic Republic of Congo [with InfoTerra]
  • Planning stroke-related healthcare delivery using GIS [with Portsmouth Community Stroke Rehabitation Team]

Year 1

Semester One
GEOG6061Credit: 15
GEOG6036Credit: 60
GEOG6026Credit: 30
GEOG6068Credit: 20
ENVS6006Credit: 15
Semester Two
GEOG6026Credit: 30
GEOG6036Credit: 60
GEOG6094Credit: 15

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:

EquipmentApproved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
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. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
FieldworkYou will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is 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:
FieldworkE.g. Accommodation, Insurance, Travel costs, Immunisation/vaccination costs: Any costs associated with conducting fieldwork as part of the dissertation research must be covered by the student

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

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