MSc Earth and Planetary Observation

This course provides a thorough scientific grounding in remote sensing and professional training in geospatial technology and programming, with a unique focus on environmental applications and space exploration.

Earth and Planetary Observation

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Stand-alone modules

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This is the only MSc in the UK to combine Earth observation and space exploration. The course is a response to the growing investment in the space sector, and the increasing need by industry for trained individuals to exploit remote sensing tools.

Our course is highly relevant to the recruitment needs of employers and offers a range of career opportunities in the space sector with unique focus on environmental, heritage and resource management sectors.

This course provides a thorough scientific grounding in remote sensing and professional training in geospatial technology and programming, with a unique focus on environmental applications and space exploration.

We'll cover satellite, space, (un)manned airborne and remote sensing to give a core professional and academic training in GIS, data analytics, modelling and theoretical, field and lab skills.

Top reasons to study with us

The MSc in Earth and Planetary Observation aims to prepare graduates for a successful career in:

  • environmental, heritage and resource management (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, energy, insurances, waste crime) sectors
  • the fast-growing downstream space and technology-driven industries, including government regulators, local authorities, universities and space agencies

We aim to provide an in-depth, critical and balanced understanding of the theoretical foundations of remote sensing alongside current and emerging environmental and other applications.

This course will develop transferable professional and academic skills and will combine interdisciplinary scientific knowledge in environmental sciences with practical and cutting edge observation technology.

You'll be given the opportunity to go on a placement as part of your dissertation through Making Most of Masters. This MSc course includes work-related assessments and guest speakers from public, private and third sector. Collectively, these will help you to set your career expectations and provide you with knowledge and skills which are highly relevant to recruitment needs.

The modules also integrate career readiness skills through the use case studies from different sector perspectives. This gives you the opportunity to familiarise with real-life solutions to common challenges in Earth observation and space exploration.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

What our students said

Morgan Simpson
Morgan Simpson
During the course I’ve enjoyed the hands-on experience with the earth observation software, as well as learning about in-field techniques for taking measurements. I have also enjoyed the added ability to be involved with work outside of the Masters course, such as the Copernicus Accelerator project that we were involved with this year.
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Isla Farrell
Isla Farrell
The postgraduate experience has been outstanding due to the level of guidance provided by my lecturers. What I like about my course is that it incorporates planetary science into a remote sensing degree. I have also gained experience in coding and data science.
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