Engineering Surveying with Geographical Information Science


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MSc Engineering Surveying with Geographical Information Science
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Applicants should have ‘A’ level mathematics or equivalent
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course brings high quality surveying and positioning and geospatial information analysis and management together.
Read full overview

The use of geospatial information is becoming common place in everyday life through satellite navigation systems and geographical information systems. In addition to general public applications are the needs and demands of the professional community often through engineering and environmental sciences. Core to these interests are the sciences of spatial measurement, information collection and management. This course builds on the highly successful MSc Engineering Surveying and Geodesy and the MSc Geographical Information Science (GIS) to bring the disciplines of high quality surveying and positioning and geospatial information analysis and management together.

Key facts

  • We have recently invested over £3m into upgrading our facilities.
  • The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been    recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top tenuniversities for engineering.
  • The department has extensive links with industrial sponsors and other organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Our research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK industrial and commercial companies, UK government departments, charities and the European Union.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact


Course details

The course will offer an opportunity for students to study modern ground, mobile and airborne engineering surveying techniques. Satellite positioning technology and the sciences and technologies of remote measurement including photogrammetry, total stations and laser scanning, are still developing rapidly. These primary data collection techniques with supporting subjects such as aspects of geodesy all form part of this course. The generation of traditional map information as well as 3D surface models and landscapes are covered. The course introduces data and information management, data integration and fusion, spatial analysis and visualisation through GIS and a range of modelling methods and softwares.

This 12 month course provides the opportunity to develop a knowledge and in-depth of understanding of surveying practise and underpinning theory with an emphasis on geographical information science. Students will have an opportunity to develop practical skills, experience and a deeper understanding of the subject through some major practical tasks and modules.



For details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

UK/EU Students

Please visit the Graduate School for information regarding funding. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Students will graduate with the skills to take on or develop a

technical, managerial or advisory role. Graduate destinations from the original MSc courses have included: the Armed Forces, EADS-Astrium, Fugro, Jacobs, Logica CMG, QinetiQ, and Thales Group.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91.1% of postgraduates in the Engineering Faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,592 with the highest being £40,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia. 

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