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

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

Gain skills in:

  • aerial photography
  • photointerpretation
  • satellite remote sensing
  • digital image processing
  • the collection of aerial imagery using UAVs and softcopy photogrammetry.

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

And you’ll gain practical skills in how to bid for projects, budget for them, and deliver them successfully.

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 and image processing tools. 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, learning to gather UAV imagery. You’ll then discover how to process it into information as part of a group mapping exercise.

You’ll train in digital image processing and softcopy photogrammetry so you can extract environmental data and information from digital imagery, and monitoring and mapping applications.

The 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:

  • 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.
  • Edit spatial data.
  • Use geospatial analysis tools and techniques.
  • Map and visualise your data and the results of geospatial analysis.
  • Bid for a tender, write a professional report and present your findings as a presentation and poster.

How you’ll study

Online learning

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

Part of our Masters in Geographical Information Systems, this course is delivered at postgraduate level.

Your teaching

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.


This course is assessed entirely online. There are no exams. There is a single assessment where you will:

  • respond to a professional tender, give a short presentation, write a short proposal and professional report, give a final presentation to the client, and produce a poster.

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 careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

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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