Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Remote Sensing & GIS

Program Overview

The PhD program in Remote Sensing and GIS is an advanced, research-oriented degree designed to cultivate experts in geospatial science. It delves into cutting-edge methodologies in remote sensing, geographic information systems, spatial analysis, and geospatial data science. Students conduct original research to push the boundaries of geospatial knowledge, addressing pressing global issues like climate change, urbanization, and disaster management. The program also emphasizes technical skills such as geospatial programming and machine learning. Graduates are prepared to lead in academia, government, or industry, shaping the future of geospatial technologies and their applications.

Research Focus

Geospatial Data Science, Remote Sensing of Environment, GIS and Urban Planning, Spatial Analysis and Modelling, Remote Sensing in Disaster Management, Climate Change Analysis using GIS, Advanced Geospatial Algorithms, Agricultural Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing in Hydrology, Spatial Epidemiology, Geospatial Machine Learning, GIS in Transportation Studies, Remote Sensing of Ocean and Coastal Environments, Lidar Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Infrastructure.


Core Courses Elective Courses
Geospatial Data Modeling GPS and Applications
Atmospheric Radiation Digital Photogrammetry
Atmospheric Radiation RS and GIS in Environmental Management
Advanced Geo-Statistical Analysis Advanced Agrometeorology
Elective Courses Advanced Biometeorology
Science of Climate Change Glaciology
Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Meteorology Radar Meteorology
Trerrain Mapping and Modeling Advanced Statistical Analysis in Meteorology
Land Information System Theory of General Circulation
Web GIS Chaos in Meteorology
Advanced Paleoclimatology Thesis

Career Opportunities

PhD graduates in Remote Sensing & GIS are equipped to occupy high-level roles in academia, research institutions, and the public and private sectors. In academia, they can serve as faculty, leading research in geospatial sciences. They can also become principal investigators in research institutes, spearheading projects in areas such as environmental monitoring, urban planning, or climate studies. In the industry, graduates may hold positions such as Geospatial Data Scientist, GIS Architect, or Remote Sensing Analyst in sectors including environmental consultancy, transportation, urban planning, defense, and energy. They may also influence policy as advisors on geospatial matters in governmental agencies.

Admission Requirements

An MS/M.Phil. degree with thesis of 06 credit hours or its equivalent degree with thesis of 06 credit hours, in the relevant field from an accredited educational institute, with minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0 (semester system) or 70% marks (annual system), and no third division (annual system) or ‘D’ grade (semester system) throughout the academic career. GRE (Subject) as per HEC policy or minimum score of 60 in NTS GAT Subject.

Scholarships Available

Departmental Merit Scholarships and various studentships based on availability.

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Dr. Muhammad Farooq Iqbal
Assistant Professor / Incharge Graduate Programs
Department of Meteorology
COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad Campus

UAN: +92-51-111-001-007

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