Hydrographic Surveying MSc
Options: PG Diploma
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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:
International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
For prospective Master's students from the Nigerian Delta States. Students must be applying for the Chemical Process Engineering MSc, the Civil Engineering MSc or the Mechanical Engineering MSc, and must not have aleady had the chance of studying in the UK or another developed country. Students must not be current or former employees of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Ltd, or be a the relative of a current employee, and must intend to return to Nigeria after completion of the degree. These awards are based on intellectual ability and leadership potential.
Founded in 1976 by Dr K.K. Gupta as a memorial to Mr R.C. Vaughan who was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1940 to 1952
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
There is high demand for graduates of the Hydrographic Surveying MSc. In recent years they have gone on to work for many different offshore survey companies, such as Schlumberger, Fugro, DeepOcean, Dolphin Geophysical and NCS, for port authorities in the UK and in Singapore, Hong Kong, Ghana and Australia, and for national organisations such as the UK Hydrographic Office, the Environment Agency and Land Information New Zealand. Other students have gone on to find work with manufacturing companies such as Sonardyne or with dredging companies such as DEME; others have continued their education by embarking on research degrees.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Fugro Survey, Senior Surveyor, 2011
- GEMS, Hydrographic Surveyor, 2010
- Gardline Marine Science Ltd, Hydrography Surveyor, 2010
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