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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. It is strongly endorsed by industry, accredited by the RICS and has an excellent employment record.

Why this programme

  • This programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), when fully completed with the award of an MSc.
  • 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.
  • Our School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2018).
  • Our School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • GNSS and Geodesy 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)

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

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 have gone on to work for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Fugro, AECOM, UTEC and Subsea 7. Positions include Offshore Surveyor, Analyst, Hydrographic Surveyor and Graduate Supervisor.


Visit the Geospatial & Mapping Sciences (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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