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MSc Satellite Data for Sustainable Development

University of Strathclyde

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Strathclyde

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

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  • build a fundamental understanding of space system design, remote sensing, data analytics and machine learning while choosing electives in urban design, clean energy solutions, environmental impact, entrepreneurship, management and advanced computing techniques
  • study applied learning, in the frame of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to find real life solutions to global development challenges
  • focus on sustainability across various industries by engaging in industry guest lectures, case studies and student projects

Why this course?

Our MSc Satellite Data for Sustainable Development is a globally unique Master’s degree which embraces the UN Sustainable Development Goals to offer a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching of satellite applications, space system design, data science and sustainability. The applied learning activities of the MSc programme is strategically aligned with the goals and interests of the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Sustainable Development, to give students a wider exposure to the global movement that surrounds the 17 UN SDGs.

The course will have a focus on the practical use of satellite data in direct applications to SDGs through the analysis of case studies and engagement, through student projects and invited talks with start-ups and NGOs actively working in the field. Students will gain an insight in to the broad use of satellite data across various industries and will be equipped with the necessary technical skills and critical thinking to understand the challenges we are facing globally and develop innovative solutions, through project based learning (some of them group based) and a final individual project.

Learning & teaching

You'll select from a combination of specialist and compulsory modules. The specialist modules focus on different technical aspects allowing tailored learning to suit individual needs. The compulsory modules provide the core key skills which are considered necessary for professionals in satellite data science.

To qualify for the MSc, you'll undertake an individual project which allows for the development of your own idea on the application of satellite data to provide an economically viable solution to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The projects will be supported by academic and, where possible, industry advisors to enable you to complete your projects successfully within the prescribed period.


The course is assessed through written exams, groups and individual presentations, group and individual projects and the final individual project.


High-caliber professionals with satellite applications or data skills are in demand throughout the world.

This course provides the skills to exploit the knowledge gained to meet the global industrial demand for highly qualified people in the area of satellite applications, data science, and development organisations targeted at the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It's particularly suitable for graduates in the following sectors:

  • sustainable development
  • academia
  • government
  • policy
  • industry
  • entrepreneurship

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 21,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University of Strathclyde

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    University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G1 1XQ, Scotland

Strathclyde welcomes students from across the world.
The university's International Study Centre offers international students the option to complete pre-master's programmes.

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