University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Land and Hydrographic Surveying (Taught)

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Course summary

The Masters in Land & Hydrographic Surveying 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. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • This programme is one of very few programmes in the UK that focuses on surveying and mapping, and is unique in Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 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 a strong employment record with many students progressing to senior positions across industry worldwide.
  • Students will benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment and software including RTK GNSS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and terrestrial laser scanners.
  • Subject to certain conditions, we will accept candidates without the normal entry requirements for an MSc programme, especially those with industrial experience.
  • If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land, engineering, or hydrographic surveying this programme is for you.
  • 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 and 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. In addition, the MSc project supports the application of knowledge and skills developed, applied either in an applied surveying task or in researching a specific topic. Core Courses Semester 1 GEOSPATIAL FUNDAMENTALS APPLIED LAND SURVEYING ENGINEERING SURVEY PRINCIPLES OF GIS APPLIED GEODESY AND GNSS Semester 2 GEOSPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURES AND LAND ADMINISTRATION HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY LAND SURVEYING I LAND SURVEYING II TOPOGRAPHIC MODELLING AND LANDSCAPE MONITORING ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR GES PGT GEOMATICS MSC PROJECT The PG Diploma consists of all taught courses, but not the project. The PG Certificate requires 60 credits of courses, either those offered in Semester 1 of the MSc, or selected in consultation with the programme convener.

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How to apply

International applicants

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Entry requirements

For the MSc, normally a 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline, such as Geography, Earth/Environmental Science, Mathematics, Engineering, etc. Those with lower level qualifications, or those with experience in the surveying industry may be admitted to the Certificate or Diploma in the first instance and, subject to performance, can progress to the MSc. All candidates must have basic proficiency in mathematics.


Fees and funding

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Land and Hydrographic Surveying at University of Glasgow - UCAS