MSc Geographic Information and Climate Change

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview


The MSc Geographic Information and Climate Change course provides cross-disciplinary training in the scientific basis of GIS, Satellite Remote Sensing and Earth System Modelling alongside aspects of Climate Change. The course
places particular emphasis on the technical aspects of GIS and Earth Observation as well as the past, present and future global and regional environmental and climatic change.
Graduates from this course will develop hands-on technical knowledge in GIS and Remote Sensing together with a broad knowledge of the current scientific issues underpinning climate change, and the practical problem solving, ICT, and communication skills required for a successful career in either industry or regulating bodies.
It is envisaged that graduates from the course will enter careers in utilities, county councils, the environmental service industry or regulating body, or indeed be well prepared for a future career in academia.

Key Features

Geographers at Swansea benefit from exceptional computing facilities that include fifteen dual-processor workstations for Earth Observation, a 20-node multiprocessor Beowulf cluster, and the Department’s IBM ‘Blue Ice’ supercomputer, used mainly for climate and glaciological modelling.

Graduates from this course will have broad knowledge of the current scientific issues underpinning climatic change and environmental and ecosystem dynamics, and the practical problem solving, ICT, and communication skills required for a successful career in the environmental service industry, regulating bodies or academia.


To provide advanced training in understanding the scientific issues associated with environmental dynamics and climatic change.

To provide graduates entering the environmental service industry or a regulating body with the required practical problem solving, ICT, and communication skills; as well as a basic knowledge of current climate policy and environmental management.

To provide graduates continuing their academic career with the required subject specific and transferable skills.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEGM06BSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Geographic Information and Climate Change


Course Content:

As a student on the MSc Geographic Information and Climate Change ‌degree you will study compulsory modules in addition to a range of optional modules. Compulsory modules are as follows:

  • Climate Change
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Modelling Earth Systems
  • Satellite Remote Sensing

Optional Modules:

  • Climate Science and Policy
  • Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Ecosystems
  • Principles of Environmental Dynamics
  • Core Science Skills
  • Programming in Java

Followed by a research project in Part Two:

  • Research Project in Geographic Information and Climate Change

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:2 degree in an approved subject. Applicants are expected to have good mathematical and computing skills.

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. 

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

How To Apply

For all EU/International enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)1792 295142

For UK applicants

For International applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,400 £15,850
MSc Part-time £2,150 £5,300

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

  • If students take optional module GEGM07 Principles of Environmental Dynamics, the cost of the Stackpole fieldtrip £150
  • Lab coat and safety glasses – approx. £20

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

Teaching and assessment

Taught Masters degrees are assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework and a dissertation or research project. 

Student profiles

"I originally came to Swansea University to study for a BSc in Geography.  Although this course covered a wide range of both human and physical topics that were all very interesting and provided a broad spectrum of skills from GIS and remote sensing to environmental modelling, my main interest was in the physical aspects.  I graduated in 2007 with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Geography and wanted to continue my studies into the field of climate change.  I decided that the MSc in Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change would be an appropriate route to take in order to pursue this field.  The MSc, focused on many characteristics of the global environment, like impacts on ecosystems, and how the varying processes associated with climate change can be monitored, measured and modelled.  This choice of topics was complimented by the fact that the modules were run by lecturers working at the cutting-edge of global environmental change.  The culmination of what I learned over the course of the year was put into practice with the dissertation, which allowed me to focus on an area of particular interest.  The group of friends that I had on the course were brilliant and I will take away a lot of fond memories of our time together at Swansea.  Now, after finishing the MSc I have a job working for the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton".  

David Hamersley, MSc Environmental Dynamics & Climatic Change, 2007-2008

Read our student profiles


The Department is well-resourced to support research: there are two dedicated computer laboratories: One of 24 computers in conjunction with Library and Information Services (LIS) providing general IT software and programmes dedicated to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing; One of 10 high-performance Linux workstations delivering software tools for advanced GIS and remote sensing applications. 

We have specialist laboratory suites for: stable-isotope ratio analysis; tree ring analysis; extraction and identification of organic compounds; pollen extraction and analysis; rainfall simulation; tephra analysis; soil and sediment characterisation.

In addition, we have recently spent £1.8million on state-of-the-art teaching spaces, including IT facilities, laboratories and flexible teaching spaces.

Find out more about the facilities used by Geography students at Swansea University.


Many students choose Geography because of the scope it provides for studying a wide range of current themes and issues, the important insights it offers for understanding our contemporary world, and the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice through fieldwork. However, what many students do not realise before coming to university is that a Geography degree also offers a broad range of employment opportunities, allowing graduates to pursue a flexible and varied career path.

Find out more about employability


We aim to be one of the foremost international centres for research in human and physical geography, and to provide our students with excellent teaching and superb facilities in a friendly atmosphere.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Geography at Swansea University is ranked joint 9th in the UK for research impact and 11th in the UK for research environment. 

Research groups include:

We host a large community of postgraduate researchers studying for PhD degrees, and run one-year MRes, MSc and MA courses. Find out more.


The Stackpole residential field course introduces students taking the “Principles of Environmental Dynamics” to some of the major themes of the module: environmental systems, sea-level change and human impact on the environment, in a congenial setting in Pembrokeshire. The environmental issues facing the Stackpole Estate are discussed and placed into a historical perspective through lectures and the analysis of long term environmental records.