Environmental Informatics

MSc, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you are aiming for a career which combines Geographical Information Science with sustainable natural resource management.

Course Description

The growth in importance of GI systems (the software tools) and GI science (the technical discipline) within sustainable natural resource management has led to an increasing demand for relevant GIS skills amongst trained natural resource managers.

This postgraduate degree will provide you with detailed training in the techniques of GIS analysis, with particular reference to the sustainable management of natural resources and application of GIS to resource management. You will learn the techniques involved in the creation, collection, storage, processing, modelling, interpretation, display and dissemination of data and information about the environment.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Geography
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 3823
geography@le.ac.uk

Department of Geography website

Why Leicester?

Our cartographic unit provides a high quality mapping, design and drawing service, Our map library has over 100,000 accessions including aerial photographs and atlases.

Resources available to you at Leicester include a dedicated computer lab containing industry-leading GIS software as well as a terrestrial laser scanner and GIS enabled smartphones for collecting spatial data in the field. We also have a virtual reality theatre.

You will have the support of an interdisciplinary team who are conducting internationally recognised and leading research across a range of key debates in environmental sustainability and environmental change, resource management, conservation, ecosystem services, modelling and remote sensing.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

  • Induction
  • Introduction to GIS

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
  • Programming in R
  • Ecosystem and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Environmental Economics

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

  • Geographic Visualisation
  • GIS Research Methods in the Field

Option modules

  • Either Living with Environmental Change
  • Or Ecological and Environmental Assessment

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Dissertation

Dissertation

In the last five months of the course, you will undertake a research project, examining in depth a topic of particular relevance to your interests and work. You will identify an appropriate sustainable management issue to investigate; develop a proposal that details your research methods; carry out a literature review; and apply the theory you have learned to produce a critically informed analysis.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, self-paced learning, directed reading and practicals. Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams. Your dissertation will be assessed separately.

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Entry Requirements

2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or several years appropriate professional experience.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at least 6.0 in each component score. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2016

    • £7,500

    Starting in September 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?
  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2016

    • £14,630

    Starting in September 2017

    • To be confirmed
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Environmental Informatics MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Environmental Informatics MSc 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Environmental Informatics
Qualification
MSc
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Environmental Informatics
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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