Engineering Surveying with Geographical Information Science


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Qualification name:Engineering Surveying with Geographical Information Science
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Geomatics, Geosciences, Geography, Civil Engineering or closely related degrees.
Other requirements:Applicants should have ‘A’ level mathematics or equivalent
IELTS:6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:University Park Campus

Course 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.

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.


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 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. 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

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

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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