Earth and Planetary Observation

Earth and Planetary Observation

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: £18,950
Domestic tuition: £8,500

Program overview

The first semester will develop core theoretical, field and data analytics skills alongside learning about environmental processes. In the second semester, the focus turns to training advanced skills in optical and passive remote sensing through a wide range of applications. This includes topics such as: aquatic and terrestrial systems cometary and planetary near-surface processes icebergs ecology marine safety food security human health climate change You'll also take a specialist module on GIS for learning geo-informatics skills required in the sector. This course will allow you to work with unique specialists within the University, and to work on your research project. You'll also have the option to pursue an industry-linked dissertation via the Making the Most of Masters scheme. The space sector is growing fast, driven by rising demands of Earth observation and space exploration and the need for evidence-based solutions. The rapidly increasing rate of data collection from Earth and space missions suitable for quantifying physical and biogeochemical processes on Earth and other planetary bodies; e.g. ESA Sentinel and Rosetta, NASA Mars Exploration Rovers and Landsat and Aqua missions, offers unique information about a wide range of different environments. Advances in sensors and platforms (e.g. unmanned vehicles, CubeSats) support new and more detailed characterisation of surfaces and processes. Collectively, these are revealing a new era for science applications and industry opportunities.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as geosciences, geography, environmental sciences, physics, engineering, mathematics is required for entry to this course. Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with significant appropriate work, may also be considered. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill; IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to build a successful career in the fast-growing downstream Space and technology-driven industries or work in environmental, heritage and resource managements sectors including government regulators, local authorities, universities and space agencies. The course will allow to get industry experience through modules including work-related assessments and guest speakers from public, private and third sector.

Campus location

Stirling , United Kingdom

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