Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,090 (FT) N/A (PT)
- £23,020 (FT) N/A (PT)
The minimum entry requirements are an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a cognate subject or related discipline from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Acceptable degrees include geography, civil engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, and archaeology. 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 Requirements
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students are trained in the techniques and methodology of data acquisition, and develop skills to apply those techniques to specific problems and to analyse the quality of results. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles that underlie the analysis and use of spatial data.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules in term one, followed by two core modules and two specialist options in term two, and a research project.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
- Mapping Science
- GIS Principles and Technology
- Principles and Practices of Surveying
- Data Analysis
- Survey Project
Plus 2 Options:
- Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
- Terrestrial Data Acquisition
- Airborne Data Acquisition
- Spatial Data Management
- Applied Building Information Modelling
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 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Surveyors have good prospects in research organisations, 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), smaller specialised surveying, mapping and laser scanning companies, and civil engineering/construction companies. Several of our graduates have also gone on to undertake research degrees.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Tunnel Surveyor, Skanska (2011)
- Site Engineer, Site Engineering Surveys (2011)
- Surveyor, Mayim Ltd (2014)
- Surveyor, Surveying and Mapping Malaysia (2014)
- Surveyor, Severn Survey (2012)
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore surveying.
Students benefit in particular from the advanced research work being carried out in laser scanning and global navigation satellite systems and from the department’s strong links to industry.
The department has worked particularly closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who have accredited this programme and a satisfactory performance on the programme will grant students exemption from the RICS's final written examinations.
Student / staff ratios › 95 staff including 43 postdocs › 200 taught students › 170 research students
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Application and next steps
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 suited to applicants from diverse backgrounds (engineering, geography, science) who are seeking a career in the surveying profession. We also have some students sponsored by employers for further career development.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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
- how this degree fits to your career aspirations