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This Masters in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences focuses on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection, land and hydrographic surveying, data and information quality, applications of survey information, and research and development in the field of geomatics. Read more
This Masters in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences focuses on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection, land and hydrographic surveying, data and information quality, applications of survey information, and research and development in the field of geomatics. It is strongly endorsed by industry, accredited by the RICS and has an excellent employment record.

Why this programme

-This programme meets the academic requirements for membership of relevant professional bodies and is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
-If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land and engineering surveying; hydrographic surveying; land registration/cadastre and LIS; photogrammetric and remote sensing engineering; management of geospatial information; this programme is for you.
University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2014).
-The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 8th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).
-With a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
-The MSc in Geospatial and Mapping Sciences is an industry-sponsored programme and has been developed in close collaboration with industry to meet global demand for professionals in this field.
-You will benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment and software, including RTK GPS and terrestrial laser scanners.
Textbooks for semester 1 courses are included in fees; and you will attend a week long practical surveying course (included in fees).

Programme structure

Semester 1 – 60 credits
-Fundamentals of Geomatics GEOG5008 (20 credits)
-Principles and Practice of Land Surveying GEOG5017 (20 credits)
-Principles of GIS GEOG5019 (10 credits)
-Topographic Mapping and Landscape Monitoring GEOG5025 (10 credits)

Semester 2 – 60 credits
-Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099 (10 credits)
-Engineering Surveying GEOG5007 (10 credits)
-Geodesy & GNSS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
-Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014 (10 credits)
-Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021(10 credits)
One of:
-Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098 (10 credits)
-Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)

Summer – 60 credits
-MSc Project GEOG5085P (60 credits)

Accreditation

MSc Geospatial and Mapping Sciences, if fully completed with the award of an MSc, is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

Industry links and employability

-The MSc in Geospatial and Mapping Sciences is a one-year Masters programme aimed at those seeking a career in Geomatics (land and engineering surveying, hydrographic surveying, land registration/cadastre and LIS, photogrammetric and remote sensing engineering or the management of geospatial information). The focus of the programme is on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection, data and information quality, applications of survey information and research and development in the field of Geomatics.
-Despite the increasing automation of geospatial data capture techniques there remains a demand for professionals who have a deep understanding of the background principles of the instrumentation and methods used and how these impact on the quality of information captured. There are also increasing requirements to integrate data from a variety of sources which requires a full understanding of datums, co-ordinate systems and transformations to ensure correct relationships are maintained for critical applications. The programme also covers issues such as project planning, reporting, and policy issues related to geospatial data capture, management and distribution.
-You will benefit from significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and visits to company offices. Projects may be carried out in conjunction with industry.
-Major employers, such as Fugro and Subsea 7, regularly visit and conduct on site interviews with students.
-You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, fieldwork, data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific & professional literature, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.
-This course is available full or part time and it is also possible to study for a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include land surveyor, engineering surveyor, hydrographic surveyor, GIS specialist, environmental consulting. There is currently a very high demand for surveyors, especially in hydrographic survey, in support of offshore oil and renewable energy engineering and maintenance. Several of the key employers visit us each year to recruit students. In addition to the offshore energy industry, land surveyors are in demand in many parts of the world to support mining operations, major civil engineering projects and to provide surveying services for Land Registration. A strong background in data capture, datums and co-ordinate systems, and data processing can also be of value in the GIS and environmental management sectors.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
-Offshore Surveyor at NCS Survey
-Hydrographic Surveyor at Subsea 7
-Offshore Surveyor at Subsea 7
-Analyst at Morgan Stanley
-Offshore Surveyor at UTEC
-Offshore Surveyor at iSurvey Offshore Ltd
-Research Scientist Associate at a university
-Fellow at European Organisation for Nuclear Research
-Offshore Surveyor at Marine Offshore Designer
-Hydrographic Surveyor at UTEC
-Assistant Land Surveyor at UTEC Star net
-Trainee Surveyor at Fugro
-Hydrographic Surveyor at Harkand Andrews Survey
-Offshore Supporter at Subsea 7
-Offshore Surveyor at Fugro
-Offshore Hydrographic Surveyor at UTEC
-Graduate Supervisor at AECOM
-GIS Technician at Farazamin Company Tehran
-Graduate Surveyor at Met Geo Environmental Ltd

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