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Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc

The Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc teaches students the theory, tools and techniques for working with geospatial data in the marine environment, from acquisition to processing and analysis. Students have the opportunity to engage and work with academics and industrial partners on cutting-edge research through seminars and a dissertation.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,640 (FT)
£6,810 (PT)
Overseas:
£28,530 (FT)
£14,320 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

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

This programme meets the requirements of the FIG/IHO/ICA S-5A Standards of Competence for Category "A" Hydrographic Surveyors - the highest level of international recognition available. The programme is also accredited by RICS, whose accredited degree courses are relevant to industry, and are recognised by employers as the benchmark of quality.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering, architecture, geography, urban planning, mathematics, surveying, marine & Earth sciences, computer science) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Normally, however, only candidates with either a first- or upper second-class degree will be accepted, although applicants with a lower second-class degree supported by extensive relevant work experience will also be considered.

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.

International students

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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About this degree

The programme educates students in the marine geospatial sciences, equipping them for careers in this rapidly developing subject. Students will gain broad knowledge of the means of acquiring, processing, and analysing spatial data in the marine context – using vessel-based acoustic techniques, satellite positioning, AUVs, and much more.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of eight compulsory modules (120 credits), is also offered.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying). Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

All students will take the following compulsory modules:

  • Data Analysis
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Geospatial Science
  • Geospatial Programming
  • Applied Field Project
  • Hydrographic Applications
  • Reality Capture and Precision 3D Sensing
  • Sensors and Location

Please visit the Geospatial Sciences MSc routes programme page for further compulsory module details.

Optional modules

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

Fieldwork

The Applied Field Project module consists of preparatory work in Term 2, followed by a three week (partly residential) field project in Term 3. This is centred around a complex multi-disciplinary project, and includes onshore and vessel-based activities, and office-based processing, charting, and reporting. To prepare you for safe working on PLA survey vessels there is also a compulsory 'Introduction to Nautical Science' course in the first term.


Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, computer sessions, seminars and field classes. Assessment is via coursework (individual and group), presentations, written examinations and the dissertation.

Additional costs

Fieldwork costs are an estimated maximum £1,300, including accommodation and travel. This also includes travel costs related to the practical work aboard survey vessels associated with the Hydrographic Applications module, and the 'Introduction to Nautical Science' course in the first term.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Students graduating with a degree in Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) will be equipped for a diverse range of roles, with organisations such as offshore and inshore survey companies, national hydrographic departments, equipment manufacturers and port authorities. Additionally, many graduates from our programmes go on to PhD research at UCL or elsewhere.

Employability

Students will gain a range of technical skills in geospatial and nautical science that are highly valued by employers, including the use of specialist software for Hydrography and GIS (ArcMap, QGIS, Hypack); programming (Python); geospatial data acquisition, processing and management; geospatial data visualisation and analysis.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated in the heart of London. This dynamic MSc programme is a further development of the department’s history of teaching hydrographic surveying.

Students studying Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc will benefit from the department’s excellent research and industry links, including attending our industrial and research seminar series, and carrying out a research project with one of our many industrial partners.

The programme is run as a partnership with the Port of London Authority, including the use of their fully-equipped survey vessels and tuition from their experienced surveyors. Students also have the opportunity to study nautical science and basic seamanship, equipping them for careers as hydrographic surveyors as soon as they graduate.

Accreditation:

This programme meets the requirements of the FIG/IHO/ICA S-5A Standards of Competence for Category "A" Hydrographic Surveyors - the highest level of international recognition available. The programme is also accredited by RICS, whose accredited degree courses are relevant to industry, and are recognised by employers as the benchmark of quality.

Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

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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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The typical applicant will have an academic background in a subject such as engineering, surveying, environmental studies, geography, mathematics, earth sciences, physical or computational sciences. Alternative subjects may be accepted, provided that applicants can demonstrate numeracy and aptitude for programming through experience and appropriate training courses. Relevant work experience may also be considered in lieu of a degree, on a case by case basis.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

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 Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

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