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Mrs Ewa Kedzierska

Email: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Surveying MSc

This MSc is an intensive study of the technical, analytical, professional and managerial aspects of modern land surveying. The programme is designed to give students a broad range of experience in methods of spatial data acquisition, ranging from terrestrial survey equipment through close range and aerial photography to satellite surveying.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are trained in the techniques and methodology of data acquisition, and develop skills to apply those techniques to specific problems and analyse the quality of results. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles that underlie the analysis and use of spatial data, and on the acquisition of management skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore surveying.

Students have the advantages of studying at a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

The Department has worked particularly closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who have accredited this programme. This means that graduates of the programme will have met the RICS academic requirements for membership.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a field module (not credit bearing) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Compulsory Modules

  • Mapping Science
  • GIS Principles and Technology
  • Principles and Practices of Surveying
  • Data Analysis
  • Management/ Group Project
  • Positioning

Plus 2 Options:

  • Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
  • Terrestrial Data Acquisition
  • Airborne Data Acquisition
  • Hydrographic Applications
  • Geographic Information System Design
  • Research Methods


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 a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical work and field courses. Visits to government establishments and private companies may be organised in order to gain greater insight into current practice. Assessment is through written papers, coursework, the dissertation and an oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Acceptable degrees include geography, civil engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, and archaeology. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered. Formal qualifications in mathematics are not a prerequisite for entry to the programme but students are expected to have an aptitude for mathematical studies and if necessary to undertake revision prior to the start of the programme.

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 from a variety of backgrounds who wish to develop the skills necessary for careers in the land survey profession, and for other areas that require a knowledge and understanding of the acquisition, processing, and analysis of spatial data.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Surveying at graduate level
  • why you want to study 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Surveyors have good prospects in research organisations like CERN, Geneva, in government mapping agencies such as the Ordnance Survey and the Hydrographic Office, and in the private sector in both large multi-nationals (such as oil companies) and smaller specialised surveying, mapping and laser scanning companies.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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