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The Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (GGE) graduate program at UNB combines the study of geodesy with geomatics, giving students a well-rounded understanding of the field. Read more
The Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (GGE) graduate program at UNB combines the study of geodesy with geomatics, giving students a well-rounded understanding of the field. We offer an interdisciplinary, practical approach that relates these subjects to other disciplines such as geology, physics, civil engineering, oceanography, and law.

Our top-rated, internationally-known department provides students access to associated research centres and the latest geodetic instruments. More than 500 students around the globe have obtained postgraduate degrees from GGE, going on to become faculty members, researchers, and professionals in well-recognized universities research institutes, industries and companies worldwide. Our graduates’ expertise proves invaluable in environmental monitoring, land and marine resource management, and real estate transactions.

We normally have about 60 graduate students in the program from all over the world. Students have access to well-equipped labs with modern hardware, software, and a wide-variety of geodetic instruments. Our associated research centres include the Ocean Mapping Group, Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering, Geodetic Research Laboratory, and the Geographical Engineering Group.

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The course is designed for students who wish to develop the understanding and working knowledge of the principles and applications of a variety of surveying devices and techniques. Read more

A chance to study a top UK Masters in China

The course is designed for students who wish to develop the understanding and working knowledge of the principles and applications of a variety of surveying devices and techniques.

Versions of this MSc have been running at the University of Nottingham, UK for almost 20 years. This course runs entirely at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. This course provides students with the ability to appreciate and apply state of the art engineering surveying techniques within apractical context. The course includes the principles behind surveying such as reference systems, and geodesy, as well as the techniques and equipment used in engineering surveying, photogrammetry and satellite positioning systems such as GPS.

In addition to the formal part of the course, we run practical classes that allow students to see and learn how to use and operate a very wide variety of state of the art surveying equipment and software, including laser scanners, servo driven total stations, RTK and Network RTK GPS, digital and analogue photogrammetry, LiDAR, Sar and InSAR.

Students will develop:

The ability to apply their skills directly within the surveying industry
The ability to react quickly to new technologies and innovations
The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups
The ability to exercise original thought
The ability to plan and undertake an individual project
Tnterpersonal, communication and professional skills

Modules

Autumn Semester

Fundamentals of Satellite Positioning
Analytical Methods
Geodetic Reference Systems
Physical Geodesy

Spring Semester

Advanced Satellite Positioning
Engineering Surveying
Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Practical Field Course - the finale of the taught aspect of the course is the surveying field course, which brings together all the taught aspects through a week long series of practical tasks.

Individual Project

Once you have completed the modules, you will undertake a supervised research project over the summer term. Students receive dedicated supervision from staff members. This is a key component of the degree, affording students the opportunity to conduct independent research which maybe related to their employment.

Previous research projects have included:
Deformation monitoring of the Forth Road Bridge using GPS
Laser scanning and photogrammetry for forest and woodland surveys
Testing of a new small format integrated sensor airborne mapping system


This course is also available at our UK campus.

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Ranked 2nd in the UK by Research Fortnight, our geomatics research is ground breaking. We publish in leading international journals, at conferences, in the media and through educational outreach programmes. Read more

Course Overview

Ranked 2nd in the UK by Research Fortnight, our geomatics research is ground breaking. We publish in leading international journals, at conferences, in the media and through educational outreach programmes. Whether focusing on geodesy or geospatial engineering, you will work with experts to produce research of an international standard.

The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. Our research has significant relevance in non-academic settings and we regularly apply it through consultancy to industry, from the global offshore industry to local authorities and survey and engineering companies. We are a key part of the TSB Satellite Applications Catapult North East Centre of Excellence.

For geomatics we have MPhil and PhD supervision in the following areas:

Satellite geodesy: GPS and geophysical modelling; GPS/GNSS geodesy; precise orbit determination of altimetric and geodetic satellites; sea level; ice sheet mass balance; satellite altimetry; static and temporal gravity field and reference frame analyses from dedicated satellite missions; SAR interferometry; geophysical and industrial deformation monitoring; geodynamics and geohazards; integration of GPS and INS; engineering geodesy

Geospatial Engineering: geoinformatics and advanced GIS; geospatial algorithm development; spatial modelling including network modelling, cellular automata and agent based approaches to spatial complexity; multimedia cartography and information delivery; temporal GIS; geospatial data management; airborne and satellite remote sensing applied to environmental impact assessment; land use, vegetation and pollution monitoring; Earth observation of urban systems; photogrammetry; laser scanning; precise non-contact dimensional control

Training and Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/geomatics-mphil-phd/#training&skills

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/geomatics-mphil-phd/#howtoapply

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Measuring, describing and depicting the seabed is crucial to the maintenance and development of ports, safe navigation, offshore renewables and the continuing search for hydrocarbons. Read more
Measuring, describing and depicting the seabed is crucial to the maintenance and development of ports, safe navigation, offshore renewables and the continuing search for hydrocarbons. Yet there is an international shortage of hydrographic surveyors. Seize this opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the science and technology of hydrography, experiencing the latest methods and equipment involved in exploring and managing the seabed whilst preparing for a career in this growth area.

Key features

-Graduate from a course that crosses different disciplines and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
-Study with the ocean right on your doorstep in our waterfront city. Benefit from the practical research opportunities and links to international marine businesses this brings, as well as access to the University’s specialist Marine Institute.
-Study aboard the University’s own survey vessel the Falcon Spirit, and develop hands-on experience in current survey techniques and different methods of data collection and analysis.
-Prepare yourself on a commercially focused programme that’s been developed in response to industry requirements and an expressed commercial need. Progress to a career in hydrographic research and development, port and offshore/ nearshore surveying or environmental support.
-Equip yourself with the latest knowledge relating to hydrography in the fields of marine geophysics, oceanography, land survey techniques, geodesy, bathymetric surveying, tides, acoustic theory and marine resource management. Learn to use equipment including GNSS, SBES, MBES, ADCP and sidescan sonar.
-Engage in debates around the wider aspects of hydrography and the implications for data capture, data management, processing and information systems.
-Attend lectures and receive support from our specialist staff, as well as access to a series of industrial speakers and demonstrations of the latest technologies.
-Gain the knowledge and skills you need to design, develop and implement a final research project at postgraduate level.
-Benefit from our good relationship with industry – a number of companies visit each year. There is excellent recruitment from the programme to the marine sector with global opportunities and the potential to travel in conjunction with your employment.

Course details

Period 1 — an intensive 15 week programme of classroom learning and field activities prepare you for the technical aspects of surveying and the research required in master’s study. 70 per cent lectures/seminars and 30 per cent practical, either within the laboratory or afloat. Assessment is continual or by coursework.

Period 2 — includes specialisms in advanced studies with a combination of the digital mapping and survey project management modules, designed to prepare students for practical roles and management decisions when completing hydrographic tasks on behalf of future employers. Modules are selected based on industrial expectations and potential career requirements. 80 per cent lectures/seminars, 20 per cent practical. Assessment is 50/50 coursework and formal examination for core modules, continuous for the one optional module.

Period 3 — undertake a self-managed final dissertation, supervised by an assigned academic. May comprise a desk study, laboratory experimentation, field observations, data acquisitions and processing.

Core modules
-MAR513 Research Skills and Methods
-MAR520 Hydrography
-MAR521 Acoustic and Oceanographic Surveying
-MAR524 MSc Dissertation
-MAR522 Survey Project Management
-MAR523 Digital Mapping

Optional modules
-MAR517 Coastal Erosion and Protection
-MAR529 Marine Planning
-MAR530 Managing Marine Ecosystems
-MAR507 Economics of the Marine Environment
-MAR518 Remote Sensing and GIS

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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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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The Masters in Geomatics & Management is aimed at graduates in geomatics (surveying and mapping). It will enhance your career progression in the field of geomatics, and provide you with the necessary skill set to succeed in managerial positions. Read more
The Masters in Geomatics & Management is aimed at graduates in geomatics (surveying and mapping). It will enhance your career progression in the field of geomatics, and provide you with the necessary skill set to succeed in managerial positions. The combination of geomatics with management offered by this programme has been strongly endorsed by industry.

Why this programme

-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).
-You will be jointly taught by staff from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and the Adam Smith Business School and will benefit from their resources and expertise and from an industry-focused curriculum informed by experts in the field.
-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 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).
-If you have a geomatics background, but with little management experience and you are looking to broaden your knowledge of management while also furthering your knowledge of geomatics, this programme is designed for you.
-The programme is split into two semesters and a summer session. One semester will be based in the Business School and is aimed at developing knowledge and skills of management principles and techniques. An applied approach is adopted, with an emphasis on an informed critical evaluation of information, and the subsequent application of concepts and tools to the core areas of business and management.
-The semester in Geomatics allows you to focus on land and hydrographic surveying, or GIS and cartography. Your programme will be customised depending on your background and interests.
-While taking advanced courses in Geomatics you will have benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment, including GPS and Terrestrial Laser Scanning, and industry standard processing software, GIS and graphic packages as part of this programme.
-You will attend either a week long survey field course or the three-day GIS Research UK conference as part of the programme (included in fees).

Programme structure

Semester 1 – 60 credits in Management
-Contemporary issues in human resource management MGT5210 (10 credits)
-Managing creativity and innovation MGT5213 (10 credits)
-Managing strategic change MGT5216 (10 credits)
-Marketing management MGT5219 (10 credits)
-Operations management MGT5222 (10 credits)
-Project management MGT225 (10 credits)

Semester 2 – 60 credits in Geomatics
-Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021(10 credits)
50 credits from:
-Applied GIS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
-Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098 (10 credits)
-Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099 (10 credits)
-Directed Studies in Geomatics GEOG5006 (10 credits)
-Engineering Surveying GEOG5007 (10 credits)
-Geodesy & GNSS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
-Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)
-Geovisualisation & Map Use GEOG5026 (10 credits)
-Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014 (10 credits)
-Internet & Mobile GIS GEOG5015 (10 credits)
-Remote Sensing of the Environment GEOG5056 (10 credits)

Accreditation

MSc Geomatics and Management, if fully completed with the award of an MSc, is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Industry links and employability

-The MSc in Geomatics and Management is a one-year Masters programme aimed at those seeking a career in the Geomatics (Surveying, Mapping & Geographic Information) industries.
-This unique programme was developed in collaboration with employers and was widely welcomed by industry.
-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.
-You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, fieldwork, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific & professional literature, computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors and there are lots of possibilities for those with Surveying and Mapping skills. Positions include GIS specialist, ranging from support in large corporations (banking, insurance, retail), environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies, or mapping specialist with software house or geoinformation data provider. There is currently a very high demand for surveyors, especially in hydrographic survey, in support of offshore oil and renewable energy engineering and maintenance. 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.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
-Assistant Surveyor General at Dept of Surveys, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Malaw
-Regional Surveyor General at Dept of Surveys, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Malawi
-Surveyor at Rudan Engineering Ltd, Ghana
-Surveyor at KACST, Saudi Arabia
-Surveyor at Environmental Sciences Group Pelorus Surveys
-Senior Surveyor at North Ayrshire Council
-Surveyor at Line Surveys Transmission Consultancy

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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. Read more
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 software’s.

This 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. Student will have an opportunity to develop practical skills, experience and a deeper understanding of the subject through some major practical tasks and modules

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The backbone of modern telecom infrastructure consists of optical fibre-based systems in combination with wireless technologies. Medical applications of photonics and microwaves are numerous, and sensing applications include radar, environmental monitoring and radio astronomy. Read more
The backbone of modern telecom infrastructure consists of optical fibre-based systems in combination with wireless technologies. Medical applications of photonics and microwaves are numerous, and sensing applications include radar, environmental monitoring and radio astronomy. Satellite based microwave systems aid our everyday life, e.g. television broadcasting, navigation and weather forecasts, and are used in remote sensing of the Earth and space geodesy.

Programme description

Over the past decades, photonics and wireless technology have grown at an exceptional rate and investments in future telecom systems will have a profound impact on social and economic development, but everything wireless needs hardware.

This programme offers a unique opportunity to study a combination of subjects for which Chalmers has world-class facilities: Onsala Space Observatory with radio telescopes and equipment to study the Earth and its atmosphere, the Nanofabrication Laboratory with a clean-room for research and fabrication of advanced semiconductor devices and integrated circuits, and research laboratories with state-of-the-art photonics and microwave measurement equipment.

We focus on applied science and engineering, where we combine theory with hands-on practise, labs and projects. We are involved in cutting edge research and the manufacturing of components for e.g. microwave and millimetre wave electronics, instruments for radio astronomy and remote sensing, optical fibres, lasers, and microwave antennas.

As a student of this programme, you will gain solid knowledge in wireless, photonics and space engineering as well as specialised skills in a chosen sub-field. You will be prepared for a career in the field through studies of wireless and optical communication components and systems, RF and microwave engineering, photonics, and space science and techniques.

Roughly 50% of the students are international students with a bachelor degree from different countries across the world, whereas the remaining 50% has a bachelor from Chalmers.

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