MSc in Geocomputation

A full-time, one-year degree programme, at NUI Maynooth, taught by some of the world's leading researchers in the exciting and very much in demand field of geocomputation.

This degree programme aims to provide a sound theoretical and practical foundation in geocomputation for numerate graduates with suitable backgrounds such as mathematics, engineering, geography, computer science, geomatics and mining, as well as professionals working in cognate disciplines with suitable experience.

The programme will:

  • provide students with a sound understanding of the theoretical principles underlying geocomputation
  • provide students with a sound understanding of the practical aspects of Geographical Information System software and management
  • expose students to state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • develop students' analytical and problem-solving skills through the integration of knowledge, insight and skills acquired in the programme
  • develop appropriate communication skills - these will include oral, presentation, cartographic and management skills

    The degree programme is flexible, allowing students to obtain either:

  • Higher Diploma
  • Master of Science in Geocomputation

    Masters Scholarships 2014

    In support of students undertaking postgraduate study in September 2014, NUI Maynooth has available 3 types of Postgraduate Scholarship for study on Masters Programmes. Further details at:

    Closing date: 16th June 2014

    Some of our graduates

    Damien Butler graduated from MSc in August 2011. "I am now currently working with the National Centre for Geocomputation. The course is very diverse, you gain industry relevant experience in a wide range of GIS skills and advanced concepts in Geocomputation. The course also offers a range of computer skills in a GIS/spatial context for all levels of ability. The course gives the student freedom to apply their newly acquired skills to projects on the course in any area of interest to them".
    Margaret McDonnell graduated from MSc in August 2013. Margaret is working as Junior Software Engineer, Capita Integrated Business Solutions, Dublin. "I found MSc in Geocomputation beneficial at interview stage for my current position. The taught components of the course exposed me to various new types of software preparing for a fast moving work environment. The ability to write for both a technical and general audience was provided by the dissertation. I have no doubt over the coming years I will put even more of my MSc in Geocomputation skills to use".
    Brian Byrne graduated from MSc in August 2011. "Upon completion of the MSc Geocomputation I moved to Australia and obtained a job providing GIS support to mango farms across the Northern Territory and Queensland. I used geo- statistical knowledge to create a sampling strategy for Infra-red scanning of the mangos. The results provided the managers with information on what parts of the farms were healthiest and what parts would fruit at the same time. This information can provide significant savings to a multi million dollar crop".
    Dr Lars Pforte graduated from MSc in August 2010. "I found the MSc course in Geocomputation, NUIM a very rich and exciting programme. The course covers a wide range of different areas like remote sensing, spatial databases, the use and implementation of statistical methods and visualisation techniques. The programme presents an interesting overview over the many fold opportunities that Geocomputation has to offer. In fact the programme convinced me to continue research in Geocomputation and I have a post-doctoral position in NCG".

    Application Procedure

    Application for either of these two degree programmes is made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre.
    PAC Codes: MH50B (MSc); MH52B (Higher Diploma)
    Closing date for applications: 31st July 2014

    This programme is supported under the National Development Plan's Graduate Skills Conversion Programme. Further information on fees can be located at

    Programme Director
    Martin Charlton
    National Centre for Geocomputation
    National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Maynooth, County Kildare, IRELAND

    Contact: Melina Lawless, Degree Programme Administrator: