Satellite Data Science MSc

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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Total Course Fee

USD 24,081

Course Accredited By


  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
Satellite observations of the Earth provide us with detailed information about the natural environment and allow us to monitor how humans are altering the planet.
  • Uptake, use, and commercialisation of Earth observation data demands expertise in data analysis. There is a need for graduates who understand the principles of remote sensing whilst being able to write computer programmes, especially in Python, and use high-performance computing infrastructure. This course covers these areas, placing you in a strong position to seek employment in industry.

On this degree you will:

  • Use data from space-based sensors to understand and tackle pressing global environmental challenges related to the biosphere and atmosphere.
  • Develop analytical skills to use and process big datasets from satellites and other sensors.
  • Learn to effectively use and modify open-access big data processing environments such as Python and R.
  • Get started with cutting-edge image processing techniques, artificial intelligence and machine learning, on different platforms (e.g. cloud computing).
  • Gain an appreciation for the extensive application of Earth observations to multiple sectors throughout the world. 
  • Satellite Data Systems expertise at the University of Leicester
  • The University of Leicester is the UK hub of Earth observations research and expertise. We host the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), established the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR) in 2012, and created the world-class Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation (LISEO) in 2016 following 55 years of international space research. 
  • Space Park Leicester is an ambitious project for creating a new £100 million centre for the analysis and commercialisation of space-enabled data and space mission development. Phase 1 is already approved and will consolidate Earth observation expertise and resources from across the university and promote innovative collaborations with collocated space sector industries.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Non-standard qualification or professional experience in a relevant area may be considered. 

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with at lease a score of 6 in all four categories. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Core modules

  • Remote sensing
  • Earth observations of the atmosphere
  • R for Data Science
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Satellite Data Analysis in Python
  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics
  • Plus your Dissertation

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Field Data Capture
  • Geospatial Data Analytics
  • Geospatial Databases and Information Retrieval

Industrial placement (optional)

  • Studying a 'with industry' masters degree is the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. By experiencing real-world scenarios and applying your skills and knowledge to business challenges, you will gain a unique insight into how your studies can be utilised in industry. This will not only showcase your abilities to future employers, but will also enhance your studies when you return to University to complete your programme.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Starting in September 2021
  •  MSc: £8,190 
  • MSc with Industry: £9,420
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. 
  • This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 
  • Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? 
  • Find out if you’re eligible.

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