University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Land and Hydrographic Surveying (with Work Placement) (Taught)

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Course summary

The Masters in Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement will introduce you to the surveying discipline and prepare you for employment in the industry. Engineering and land survey are fundamental to the design, construction and navigation of infrastructure projects from small to national scale such as buildings, road and rail networks. Hydrographic Surveyors contribute to safety of navigation and port management for seas, rivers and lakes, and underwater infrastructure projects such as pipelines and offshore wind turbines. This programme is ideal if you are seeking employment in the geospatial industry to support construction and mapping projects both onshore and offshore. This version of the programme includes a 6 month work placement in industry, instead of the normal MSc project. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • The MSc Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement was developed in close collaboration with industry to meet their employment needs and includes a 6 month work placement in industry.
  • Students will benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment and software including RTK GNSS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and terrestrial laser scanners.
  • This programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), when fully completed with the award of an MSc.
  • We have over 50 years of experience delivering postgraduate programmes in Geomatics. Capitalising on our wealth of knowledge and strong support from industry, this programme meets employer requirements.
  • If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land, engineering, or hydrographic surveying this programme is for you.
  • Subject to certain conditions, we will accept candidates without the normal entry requirements for an MSc programme, especially those with industrial experience.
  • Our School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK, currently we are 6th (Complete University Guide 2020).
  • Geography at Glasgow is ranked 41st in the world (QS World Rankings 2019).
  • The School has an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating the school’s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Modes of delivery of the MSc Land & Hydrographic Surveying include lectures, practical exercises, and hands-on experience with state-of-the art equipment and software. Included is a weeklong surveying field course, which consolidates practical skills. The programme includes several direct contributions from industry and opportunities to participate in industry-led events. The work placement supports the application of knowledge and skills developed academically, to be applied directly to a work-environment, gaining valuable practical experience. Core Courses Semester 1 GEOSPATIAL FUNDAMENTALS PRINCIPLES OF GIS LAND SURVEYING I TOPOGRAPHIC MODELLING AND LANDSCAPE MONITORING ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR GES PGT Semester 2 APPLIED LAND SURVEYING ENGINEERING SURVEY APPLIED GEODESY AND GNSS GEOSPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURES AND LAND ADMINISTRATION HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY LAND SURVEYING II Summer/Autumn GEOMATICS WORK PLACEMENT

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How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'.

Entry requirements

Normally a good Honours degree (2.1) in a relevant field such as civil engineering, earth or environmental science, geography, mathematics, physics, or planning, but others with some mathematical background will be considered. Those with a degree in geomatics or a closely related subject or who meet the age and experience criteria of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors can use the programme as a route to a professional qualification or preparation for a research degree and may, under special circumstances, be given exemption from some aspects of the programme. (Note: this programme has slightly higher entrance requirements than the MSc in Land & Hydrographic Surveying and the MSc in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences due to the 6 month work placement). Securing a work placement: Offers for this degree programme will be dependent on the number of work placements that the School has negotiated with placement providers in advance. However, the School cannot guarantee a work placement as there may be situations beyond our control that lead to a placement being unavailable. If for any reason a placement is not available after offers have been made, the student will transfer to the MSc in Land & Hydrographic Surveying, and the work placement will be replaced with an MSc project. The School will also consider suggestions for work placement partners from applicants. In such cases we will contact the suggested placement provider and confirm that they meet our requirements and are willing to agree to the conditions of the placement. Companies should be active in Land, Engineering and/or Hydrographic Surveying. Progression to the placement is dependent on meeting academic requirements while on the course. If a student does not meet the progression requirements for the placement but does meet the progression requirements for the degree, the student will transfer to the MSc in Land & Hydrographic Surveying, and the work placement will be replaced with an MSc project. Please note these requirements are more demanding than for the non-work placement version of the programme. The progression requirements for the placement are as follows: At the end of Semester 1, you must normally achieve at least a C grade in each of the semester 1 courses at the first attempt At the end of Semester 2, you must normally achieve an overall average B grade from all taught courses at the first attempt For international (non EU) applicants. A Tier 4 student visa will permit you to undertake this assessed work placement as part of your course in the UK.


English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score 6.5 no sub-test less than 6.0 or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification: Common equivalent English language qualifications All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme: ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20 Listening: 19 Speaking: 19 Writing: 23 CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59 Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Land and Hydrographic Surveying (with Work Placement) at University of Glasgow - UCAS