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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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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
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

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In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. Read more
In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. During this two-year programme, you will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet.

The programme combines physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, and field studies to address how the solid Earth works. It allows you to specialize in virtually any aspect of solid Earth science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry. Many students choose a combined geology-geophysics focus.

STUDY PROCESSES BELOW THE EARTH'S SURFACE

The main subject areas you will study consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. You will examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes – such as mantle convection, plate tectonics, and mountain building – to those that can have an impact during a human lifetime. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity, and volcanism as well as subsidence, uplift, and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2.

Tracks

You can choose one of three specialization tracks based on your interests in the field:

Earth Materials: Deformation and metamorphic and igneous processes operating in the crust and upper mantle.
Physics of the Deep Earth and Planets: An in-depth geophysical approach to understand the deep interior of the Earth and other planets.
Basins, Orogens, and the Crust-Lithosphere System: Combine courses from other tracks to create a hybrid Geology-Geophysics track

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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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