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Fees and funding
International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Hydrographic Surveying MSc
The Hydrographic Surveying MSc is designed to give students a broad range of experience in marine survey practice, including the acquisition and processing of hydrographic data, positioning, and charting. The programme is offered jointly with the Port of London Authority, which contributes through teaching and practical work aboard its survey vessels.
What will I learn?
Students develop an advanced knowledge of a broad range of topics, including error theory, quality control, GNSS, reference systems, electronic charting, and international boundaries. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the principles that underlie the analysis and interpretation of survey data, in particular those issues that affect its quality.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore hydrographic surveying.
Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.
The Hydrographic Surveying MSc is recognised abroad as a "Category A" programme by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA). This is the highest level of accreditation offered, and is an internationally recognised qualification that is increasingly demanded by employers worldwide.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), a field module (not credit bearing) and an independent research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
All students undertake an individual research project, often in collaboration with industrial partners, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, practicals, tutorials, and field courses including periods on Port of London Survey vessels. It is supported by a series of external speakers from industry and visits to industrial and government establishments. Assessment is through coursework, unseen written examinations, oral presentation, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students who wish to develop a career in marine surveying, whether in the offshore sector or in port, estuary or coastal surveys. A satisfactory performance on the programme grants exemption from the written papers of the final examinations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Hydrographic Surveying at graduate level
- why you want to study Hydrographic Surveying at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme offers exceptionally good career prospects. Many of our graduates go on to work for offshore surveying companies including Fugro, Gardline, Schlumberger, Horizon and Stolt Offshore (now Acergy). Others prefer shore-based jobs, or those that offer a mixture of time in the office and aboard survey vessels - examples include GEMS Survey and Netsurvey, or port authorities such as the Port of London or Singapore and Hong Kong. Others have gone to work for equipment manufacturers, cable companies or for national hydrographic offices such as the UKHO or its counterpart overseas. Some of our graduates pursue research careers.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: