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The MSc Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) teaches students the theory, tools and techniques for working with geospatial data in the marine environment, from acquisition to processing and analysis. Students have the opportunity to engage and work with academics and industrial partners on cutting edge research through seminars and a dissertation.

About this degree

The programme educates students in the marine geospatial sciences, equipping them for careers in this rapidly developing subject. Students will gain broad knowledge of the means of acquiring, processing, and analysing spatial data in the marine context – using vessel-based acoustic techniques, satellite positioning, AUVs, and much more.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

All students will take the following compulsory modules:

  • Geospatial Science
  • Geospatial Programming
  • Data Analysis
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Reality Capture & Precision 3D Sensing
  • Sensors & Location
  • Hydrographic Applications
  • Applied Field Project

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, computer sessions, seminars and field classes. Assessment is via coursework (individual and group), presentations, written examinations and the dissertation.

Fieldwork

Some modules contain an element of fieldwork using specialist equipment in an applied setting.

Additional costs

Fieldwork costs are an estimated maximum £1300, including accommodation and travel.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Students graduating with a degree in Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) will be equipped for a diverse range of roles, with organisations such as offshore and inshore survey companies, national hydrographic departments, equipment manufacturers and port authorities. Additionally, many graduates from our programmes go on to PhD research at UCL or elsewhere.

Employability

Students will gain a range of technical skills in geospatial and nautical science that are highly valued by employers, including the use of specialist software for Hydrography and GIS (ArcMap, QGIS, Hypack); programming (Python); geospatial data acquisition, processing and management; geospatial data visualisation and analysis.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated in the heart of London. This exciting new MSc programme is a further development of the department’s history of teaching Hydrographic Surveying.

Students studying the MSc in Geospatial Sciences will benefit from the department’s excellent research and industry links, including attending our industrial and research seminar series, and carrying out a research project with one of our many industrial partners.

The programme is run as a partnership with the Port of London Authority, including the use of their fully equipped survey vessels and tuition from their experienced surveyors. Students also have the opportunity to study nautical science and basic seamanship, equipping them for careers as hydrographic surveyors as soon as they graduate.

Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The typical applicant will have an academic background in a subject such as engineering, surveying, environmental studies, geography, mathematics, earth sciences, physical or computational sciences. Alternative subjects may be accepted, provided that applicants can demonstrate numeracy and aptitude for programming through experience and appropriate training courses. Relevant work experience may also be considered in lieu of a degree, on a case by case basis.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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