Get an introduction to the theory and practice of remote sensing, using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Study UAV remote sensing, monitoring, digital mapping, image processing, and softcopy photogrammetry online with experts from our School of Geosciences.

Gain education and skills in:

  • aerial photography
  • drones/UAVs (platforms and sensors)
  • photointerpretation
  • satellite remote sensing
  • digital image processing
  • the collection of aerial imagery using drones/UAVs
  • softcopy photogrammetry.

You’ll learn to apply a range of geospatial technologies to address real-world problems.

And you’ll gain additional practical skills in developing successful practical projects.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this MSc qualification.

What you’ll study

You’ll get an introduction to remote sensing data acquisition, digital image processing tools, and softcopy photogrammetry.

You’ll learn how to collect environmental data at several different scales for input into a Geographical Information System (GIS).

You’ll study UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing (platforms and sensors), learning how to gather UAV imagery and process the data. You’ll then discover how to process it into information as part of a project.

You’ll learn about digital image processing and softcopy photogrammetry to extract environmental information from digital imagery, and monitoring and mapping applications.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Geospatial data sources
  • Creating geospatial databases
  • Land-use/land-cover mapping using satellite imagery, aerial photography and digital image processing
  • Geospatial data analysis
  • Mapping, visualising and communicating information using WebGIS

You’ll also learn a range of practical skills, designed to prepare you for real-world GIS careers. This may include:

  • bidding for a project tender
  • budgeting for work and costing projects
  • writing professional reports and business cases
  • presenting findings to a client.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Collect your own spatial data.
  • Input spatial data into a GIS, digital image processing and softcopy photogrammetry software.
  • Edit spatial data.
  • Use geospatial analysis tools and techniques, including GIS, digital image processing and softcopy photogrammetry software.
  • Map and visualise your data and the results of geospatial analysis.
  • Write a professional report and present your findings as a presentation and poster.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning UAV Remote Sensing, Monitoring and Mapping course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is delivered at the postgraduate level.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures and tutorials
  • videos and slide shows
  • audio clips
  • projects
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from internationally experienced geoscientists and academics from our School of Geosciences. Your course content is also continually reviewed by an industry advisory board. This ensures your learning is always current and aligned to the needs of industry.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:


This short course will help you prepare for a career in GIS. You’ll build real-world skills in bidding for project tenders, budgeting for work and presenting to clients.

You could work towards roles including:

  • GIS Officer
  • GIS Technician.

You could find GIS-related work in the commercial sector, local or national government, environmental agencies, research or academia.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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