This program at the University of Stirling is the only MSc in the UK to combine Earth observation and space exploration. It was developed in response to the growing investment in the space sector, as well as the increasing need by industry for trained individuals to exploit remote sensing tools. The space sector is growing fast, driven by rising demands of Earth observation and space exploration and the need for evidence-based solutions.
This course will provide much needed skills that are desired by employers. It offers a range of career opportunities in the space sector along with a unique focus on environmental, heritage and resource management sectors.
Topics studies include satellite, space, (un)manned airborne and remote sensing to give core professional and academic training in GIS, data analytics, modelling and theoretical, field and lab skills.
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
- 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.
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.
Are you interested in finding out more about this unique program? Are you applying from Canada? Please contact Barclay Educational Services for assistance. As a recognized Canadian agent of the University of Stirling, there is no charge for our application help. The University pays our fee. Contact Jackie at JSB@barclayedu.com