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 natural resource management.

Course Description

The growth in importance of geographical information systems (GIS) 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.

Resources available to you include an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) lab, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer, a scanning electron microscope, a cold store, a Coulter laser diffraction particle size analyser, differential GPS, and a 3D laser scanner - along with a wide range of electronic and traditional field equipment.

Fieldwork

'Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Indonesia' is an optional module based around a field trip to Indonesia, exploring biological diversity, the threats this faces, the drivers of these threats and the context of these within local human communities (The cost of this module is not included in your course fee.)

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 fully equipped labs have facilities for environmental, molecular stable isotope and palaeoecological research, from thin section preparation to hardware modelling using rainfall simulation and flume channels.

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.

Departmental resources include digitising tables, printers, plotters, scanners and LINUX computers, plus specialist software such as ESRI’s ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI IDL and IDRISI. Also a Virtual Reality theatre.

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 for Spatial Scientists
  • 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

  • Research Design and Methods in Geography
  • Geographic Visualisation
  • GIS Research Methods in the Field

Option modules

  • Either Global Environmental Change
  • Or Biodiversity Conservation and Global Change: Indonesia (Field module: the cost of this module is not included in your course fee.)

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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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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