Postgraduate study
This course brings high quality surveying and positioning and geospatial information analysis and management together.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Engineering Surveying
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
At least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Undergraduate degree with relevant mathematical elements. A-Level standard mathematics
IELTS
6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
Accreditation
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
Campus
University Park Campus
 

 

Overview

With the continuous demands of the construction world and the development of infrastructure to support communication, utilities and transport there is a need for the expertise of the engineering surveyor.

The specialist skills and knowledge of the engineering surveyor are often needed from the initial planning stages right through the construction stage to the end of a project. The role of the engineering surveyor does not stop then, as monitoring for the short or long term movement or deformation of infrastructure, buildings or ground may be needed for safety or other purposes.

This course has developed from the previously successful MSc courses offered at the University of Nottingham in the fields of surveying, geodesy and more generally geomatics.

Key facts

  • The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 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.
 

Full course details

The course will offer an opportunity for students to study modern ground, mobile and airborne engineering surveying techniques. Satellite-basedpositioning techniques 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 CAD, BIM and 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 engineering surveying practice and underpinning theory. Students will have an opportunity to develop practical skills, experience and a deeper understanding of the subject through some major practical tasks and modules.


 

"UoN students have strong technical and academic background as well as practical project skills. In general the calibre of UoN students is very high, and they have the ability to implement their work into practice. I have hired 7 graduates/engineers for my team in the past couple of years.”

Dr Bachar Hakim, Head of Pavement Design and Asset Management, Transportation, AECOM


 

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

Compulsory modules

A total of 120 credits of taught modules are studied in Autumn and Spring semesters and a research project of 60 credits is undertaken in the summer period. 

A student may not retake a module they have studied at Nottingham on a previous course. Substitute modules to be agreed with the Course Director.

Civil Engineering Research Project (summer): 60 credits

Summary Of Content: This module forms the major research project element for the selected MSc courses in the Department of Civil Engineering. It will normally take the form of a scientific investigation whether it involves experimentation or an extensive review of work already completed by others. Typically, but not exclusively, it will include the following:

  • Project definition and aim
  • Literature review
  • Practical experimentation / investigation
  • Presentation of results
  • Critical analysis of findings

The detailed technical content of the module will depend on the the specific area under examination.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture  3 weeks 1 week 1 hour

Tutorial sessions as appropriate throughout the summer period. A typical average period of 2 weeks between tutorials is expected. Tutorials may be for individuals or small groups locally arranged with supervisor.

Method of Assessment: one dissertation (100%) 10,000 -20,000 words.

The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff.

Previous research projects from similar MSc courses have included:

  • Combining very low cost GPS, inertial measurement and cameras
  • Precision aerial triangulation using UltraCam D images
  • Comparison of a phase-based and a time-of-flight laser scanner in various applications
 
Civil Engineering Research Project Preparation (spring): 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This is a compulsory module for selected MSc courses in the Department of Civil Engineering. The module facilitates the development of critical review skills and exploration of the literature relating to the research project which they will undertake in the summer.

The form of assessment is a 5,000-word report containing a literature review and including aims, objectives and methodology of their proposed summer project. The output from this module will form the basis for appropriate sections in the final dissertation for the summer project.

The detailed technical content of the module will depend on the chosen area under investigation. Supervisors will be allocated dependent on the student's area of interest.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 3 weeks 1 week 1 hour
Tutorial 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

Tutorials to be arranged with the supervisor.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
coursework 1 100.00 5,000 word report containing a literature review of publications relating to the subject area of the students research project. It should also contain the proposed aims, objectives and methodology of the proposed summer project.
 
Portfolio of Engineering Surveying (full year): 40 credits
Summary Of Content: The module is a collection of a student's work, accumulated over the year and presented as a portfolio demonstrating their knowledge, understanding and skills related to engineering surveying. The module comprises a series of ‘workshops’ (each normally timetabled for two half days per week for two weeks, comprising a taught or seminar element, self–directed study and an assignment) followed by a ‘group project’ where students work in small groups to design, plan, undertake and report on a practical survey involving different engineering surveying techniques and associated inter-disciplinary communication tools such as CAD and BIM (individuals and groups are responsible for management and organisation of their project, with staff members available for consultation and guidance).

The workshops are:

  • Basic principles of engineering surveying (E1) and Practice in engineering surveying (E2)
  • AutoCAD 2D (A5)
  • AutoCAD 3D (A6)
  • Introduction to BIM (I1)
  • Infrastructure engineering surveying (E4)
  • Urban engineering surveying (E5)
  • Engineering surveying for BIM (E6)

The practical survey for the group project will include site surveying and setting out.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Practicum 12 weeks 4 week 4 hours
Workshop 11 weeks 4 week 4 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
coursework 1 6.00 Workshop assignment for A5
coursework 2 6.00 Workshop Assignment for A6
coursework 3 6.00 Workshop assignment for I1
coursework 4 6.00 Workshop assignment for E4
coursework 5 6.00 Workshop assignment for E5
coursework 6 6.00 Workshop assignment for E6
coursework 7 32.00 Individual submission related to site surveying elements of the practical survey for the group project
coursework 8 32.00 Individual submission related to setting out elements of the practical survey for the group project
 
Engineering and Deformation Surveying and Practical (spring): 20 credits
Summary Of Content: This module is a combination of theoretical and practical aspects of selected areas of advanced engineering and deformation surveying and their applications. For the practical aspects the students work in small groups on three projects, which are related on surveying by using advanced geodetic instrumentation and deformation monitoring projects. The projects involves the design, planning and carrying out of measurements, processing and analysis of surveying/monitoring sensors data and finally topographic map for the surveying project and the determination of deformation for the monitoring projects. Subjects covered include:
  • Analysis of errors of geodetic measurements
  • Metrology and industrial measurement.
  • Terrestrial laser scanning
  • Surveying and techniques for deformation monitoring
  • Analysis of geodetic time-series
  • Monitoring of civil engineering structures (tall-buildings, bridges)
  • Monitoring of underground structures
  • Engineering and crustal deformation monitoring
  • Applications of deformation monitoring of geohazards

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours
Practicum 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

3 hour morning block and 3 hr afternoon block.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
coursework 1 15.00 Individual submission of poster of the topographic map (size A0)
coursework 2 15.00 Individual submission of report for the deformation monitoring problems (1000-1500 words)
coursework 3 20.00 Two group presentations (20 and 35 minutes, respectively)
Exam 1 50.00 written examination (unseen)
 
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS (autumn); 10 credits
Summary Of Content: The module describes the theoretical and practical aspects of photogrammetry, laser scanning and gives an introduction to geometrical remote sensing. Subjects covered include:
  • Single and multi image/photograph geometry
  • Digital imagery and processing
  • Selected work flow and procedures
  • Data capture techniques and products
  • Aerial triangulation
  • Airborne and mobile laser scanning
  • Recent developments

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 3 week 1 hour

3 hour morning block

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 written examination (unseen)
 
Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS Practical (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: A practical module in mapping for engineering surveying and GIS which complements the mapping for engineering surveying and GIS module lecture course. Students work individually and in small groups on projects involving the planning and the carrying out of observational and computational aspects of surveying for engineering and/or deformation applications. Individuals and groups are also responsible for management and organisation of their projects. Staff members are available for consultation and guidance. Reports will be produced giving a full assessment of the proposed observational scheme.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Practicum 11 weeks 3 week 1 hour

3 hour afternoon block

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 60.00 Report 1500 words
Coursework 2 40.00 Report in the form of a group or individual presentation
 
Satellite-Based Positioning and Practical (autumn): 20 credits
Summary Of Content: The module is a combination of theoretical and practical aspects of satellite-based positioning and its applications. For the practical aspects, students work in small groups on three projects involving the design, planning and carrying out of measurements, processing and analysis for different satellite-based positioning techniques (individuals and groups are responsible for management and organisation of their projects, with staff members available for consultation and guidance). Subjects covered include:
  • Satellite based positioning systems (GNSS)
  • Coordinate reference systems, frames, datums, transformations and geoid models
  • GNSS systematic biases and errors
  • GNSS observables
  • GNSS positioning techniques
  • Future developments and related issues.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 3 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Two 3 hour morning block

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
coursework 1 10.00 Group presentation (30 minutes) and submission (presentation ‘Notes Pages’), plus individual submission (500-700 words)
coursework 2 20.00 Group presentation (30 minutes) and submission (presentation ‘Notes Pages’), plus individual submission (800-1200 words)
coursework 3 20.00 Group presentation (30 minutes) and submission presentation ‘Notes Pages’), plus individual submission (1000-1400 words)
Exam 1 50.00 Written examination (unseen)
 

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

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

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

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

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

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 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,500.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

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.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)

 
 

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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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