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Hydrographic Surveying MSc

This 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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£10,765 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit Application & Entry website. 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. It takes approximately 8 weeks to process an application.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are a good second class honours degree in a cognate subject or related discipline, including geography, geology, civil engineering, mathematics, physics, marine biology or marine studies, from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.

As preparation for the MSc if you are offered a place, you will be expected to revise your knowledge of mathematics in certain topics such as trigonometry, geometry and differential calculus if you have not studied these for some time. The most comprehensive text to use would be "Engineering Mathematics" by K.A. Stroud (6th Edition), but many other text books covering an equivalent level of mathematics are also available.

English language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of 4 core modules in Term 1, four specialist modules in Term 2, and a research project.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Compulsory Modules

  • Data Analysis
  • GIS Principles and Technology
  • Principles & Practice of Surveying
  • Mapping Science

Options

  • Positioning
  • Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
  • Management/Group Project
  • Hydrographic Applications

Dissertation/report

Students on the MSc programme embark on an individual project after the examinations in May, which lasts until the end of the programme in September. The department enjoys strong links with industry, and projects are often carried out in collaboration with organisations outside the college.

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.

Funding

International students may wish to approach their country's Ministry of Education to see if there are any grants for international study.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

Value:
Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances.
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students from Nigeria who display intellectual ability and leadership potential, and have a high standard of English, i.e. at least 6.5 in IELTS. Students must be aged between 21-30 years, and originate from one of the Niger Delta States in Nigeria, namely Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa, and currently reside in Nigeria. Applicants must intend to return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study. The eligible programmes for this award are MSc programmes in Chemical Process Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Students must have obtained a degree of at least an equivalent standard to a an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and be neither a current nor former employee (who have left employment less than five years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Limited, or current employee's relatives Applicants must not already have had the chance to study in the UK or other developed country.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

Value:
Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances.
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students from Nigeria who display intellectual ability and leadership potential, and have a high standard of English, i.e. at least 6.5 in IELTS. Students must be aged between 21-30 years, and originate from one of the Niger Delta States in Nigeria, namely Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa, and currently reside in Nigeria. Applicants must intend to return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study. The eligible programmes for this award are MSc programmes in Chemical Process Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Students must have obtained a degree of at least an equivalent standard to a an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and be neither a current nor former employee (who have left employment less than five years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Limited, or current employee's relatives Applicants must not already have had the chance to study in the UK or other developed country.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: For students in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering who are in financial need.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: For students in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering who are in financial need.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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. Other careers include work for equipment manufacturers (Sonardyne), cable companies (Alcatel), national hydrographic offices (UKHO) or research careers (UCL).

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Fugro Survey, Senior Surveyor, 2011,
  • GEMS, Hydrographic Surveyor, 2010,
  • Gardline Marine Science Ltd, Hydrography Surveyor, 2010,

Why study this degree at UCL?

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. They also benefit from the training and facilities contributed by the surveyors at the Port of London Authority, one of the most advanced port hydrography departments in the world.

The Hydrographic Surveying MSc is recognised 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.

Graduates of the MSc will gain a qualification recognised internationally and nationally by several organisations: the MSc is recognised 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. The course is also officially recognised as providing specialist training in Nautical Charting Hydrography, Hydrography to Support Port Management and Coastal Engineering, and Offshore Construction Hydrography. In addition the MSc is accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a satisfactory performance on the programme will grant you an exemption from the RICS's final written examinations.

Student / staff ratios › 36 staff › 140 taught students › 79 research students

Department: Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit Application & Entry website. 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. It takes approximately 8 weeks to process an application.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
  • how this degree fits to your career aspirations
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.

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