MScLandscape Ecology with Geographical Information Systems

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and technical skills required to fulfil a professional role involving the collection, management, analysis, modelling, manipulation and display of landscape ecology, land use planning, and environmental conservation datasets using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

In both the UK and overseas the concept of landscape-scale land management has gained acceptance over the last decade. The implementation of environmental conservation policies and strategies based on a landscape ecology approach is increasingly dependent on spatial data that are managed and manipulated within a GIS. As a result, the Ecological Skills Gap Project has identified a clear need for ecologists with experience of GIS and for GIS specialists with an understanding of the environmental data they are being asked to manage and manipulate within a GIS.

This programme is designed to address these skills gaps and is structured around three compulsory conservation courses that integrate theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary conservation and environmental management, and three compulsory courses covering the principles and implementation of GIS. Additionally, students take a compulsory Professional Practice course and one optional course. The MSc programme culminates in a third term with the dissertation, an individual piece of research focused on the application of GIS techniques to a specific landscape ecology problem.

Course Contents

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses. Principles and Practice of Environmental Conservation (15 credits) Landscape Ecology with GIS Dissertation (60 credits) Advanced Spatial Modelling (15 credits) Applied GIS and Remote Sensing (15 credits) Professional Practice for Geographical Information (15 credits) Introduction to GIS for Natural Resource Management (15 credits) Techniques in Applied Ecology (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Environmental Impact Assessment (15 credits) Ecology and Conservation of Estuaries and Coastal Zones

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory course. Landscape Ecology with GIS Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree a postgraduate diploma in an ecological, scientific, geographical or environmental management discipline. relevant personal or professional experience.

  • Students who do not have English as their first language must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.
  • Alternatively, students can enter via the University of Greenwich International Pre-Masters' Programme.
  • Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should contact the Programme Leader.


Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and assessments that are practically focused using real-world examples and case studies.

Professional Recognition

This programme has strong links with the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE), Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society.

Career Options

Graduates develop the professional philosophy and skills base to progress to senior posts within the industry or proceed to doctoral research. Graduates from this programme can pursue employment in conservation organisations in the UK and overseas, including central and local government, environmental consultancies, non-governmental organisations, business, the media and environmental education.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated February 11, 2019
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1 - 2 years
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