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MS Remote Sensing & GIS in Pakistan



The field of GIS/Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing is relatively new in Pakistan. Therefore, the research and educational opportunities are limited at the moment.

However, based on recent progress in spatial sciences and need of qualified human resource, many top universities have started bachelor and master programs. The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and Punjab University (PU) are pioneers and well-known institutes for their contributions in this domain.

The details of MS GIS and RS programs in Pakistan are as under:

1) National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) is the best university in Pakistan. It also ranks among top 500 universities as per QS World University Rankings 2018. This shows that university has successfully maintained education quality alongside rapid growth. For more information, you may see NUST at a glance magazine on the university website.

Degree Title: MS Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS)

Duration: 2-3 Years

Department: Institute of Geographical Information System (IGIS)

Location: Islamabad (Capital of Pakistan).

“The Institute of Geographical Information Systems (IGIS) is the first of its kind higher education learning institute in Pakistan where state of the art education in spatial sciences and remote sensing is delivered. IGIS has modern infrastructure including classrooms, state of art laboratories and digital library.” (Source: IGIS website)

Admission Information: https://pgadmission.nust.edu.pk/

Courses: Curriculum

Additional Information: Bachelor of Geoinformatics Engineering and Ph.D. RS and GIS, are also being offered at IGIS, NUST, H-12 Campus, Islamabad city.

2) Institute of Space Technology (IST)

Institute of Space Technology (IST) is also well-reputed degree awarding university in Pakistan.

Departments: IST has following two campuses and departments where MS in RS and Geo-Information Science is being offered regularly.

Duration: 2 Years

In addition, Geospatial Research and Education Lab (GREL) has been established at space science department, Islamabad, which offers good research opportunities in the field of geospatial technologies.

Admission information: http://www.ist.edu.pk/admission/graduate/schedule

Courses: http://grel.ist.edu.pk/?Courses

3) COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) is the third university on our list that runs MS RS and GIS degree program in Pakistan. CIIT has 7 campuses located in different cities of Pakistan. These cities are Islamabad, Attock, Vehari, Abbottabad, Lahore, Sahiwal, and Wah. However, MS RS and GIS program is being offered at Islamabad campus only.

In addition, it is worth to highlight that CIIT has a strong focus on research which is evident from its higher ranking in nature index. On the other hand, courses options in said program are limited.

Degree Title: MS Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS)

Duration: 2 Years

Department: Department of Meteorology

Location: Islamabad (Capital of Pakistan).

Admission Information: http://admissions.comsats.edu.pk/home/indexs

Courses: http://ww3.comsats.edu.pk/Meteorology/Programs.aspx

Additional Information: MS in Meteorology and Ph.D. in Meteorology are other programs being offered by the same department.

4) University of the Punjab (PU)

Established in 1882 at Lahore, the University of the Punjab is the largest and the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan. It was the first to be established in the sub-continent in Muslim majority area.

The University comprises of 5 Campuses, 13 Faculties, 10 Constituent Colleges, over 73 Departments, Centers, Institutes, and 614 affiliated colleges. It has over 818 permanent faculty members involved in teaching/research and over 36,000 on-campus students. (Copied; Source: About Pages PU).

Degree Title: M.Phil Geomatics

Duration: 2 Years

Department: College of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Location: Lahore

Admission Information: http://pu.edu.pk/home/admission_notices  

Program page: http://pu.edu.pk/program/show/900328/College-of-Earth–Environmental-Sciences

5) Pir Mehr Ali Shah – Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR)

PMAS-AAUR is located in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and it has a prominent name in research on agriculture science.

Realizing the need of time, PMAS-AAUR has very recently started bachelor and MS programs in Remote Sensing and GIS.

Degree Title: MS RS and GIS

Duration: 2 Years

Department: Department of Remote Sensing and GIS

Location: Rawalpindi

Admission Information: http://www.uaar.edu.pk/faet/programs.php?dept_id=36

Finally, It is hoped that above-listed details would help future students for their career planning and choice of the right institute for higher studies.

Hi, I am a professional Geoinformatics Engineer who has passion for knowing more and more about Geospatial technologies. My particular areas of interest are Spatial Databases, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Analytics. In addition, I am a strong proponent of free and open-source GIS, Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI), and open geo-data such as OSM.

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