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MSc Engineering Surveying and Geodesy

Course Description

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


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.

Visit the MSc Engineering Surveying and Geodesy page on the University of Nottingham in China website for more details!

Student Profiles

Ningbo Govt.International Student Scholarships for Acacemic Excellence - 15 Awards

There are approximately 15 scholarships of 30,000 CNY (approx 3,000 GBP) available for masters applicants.Students who would like to apply for this scholarship will need to prepare their documents and submit to the Recruitment & Admissions Office by 31st May 2015

Value of Scholarship(s)

GBP 3,000 (approximate based on exchange rate)


Candidates must have a 2:1 or higher (or equivalent) and meet English Language requirements.

Application Procedure

Students must complete a separate application and provide a separate personal statement in addition to applying for a Master's programme at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Ningbo China High Achievers Scholarship - 20+ Awards

High academic achievers will be rewarded through a 20,000 CNY (approx. 2,100 GBP) scholarship towards their tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Approx GBP 2,100


All applicants are automatically assessed for an award. The top 25 applications (submitted prior to the deadline) will be made a scholarship offer.

Application Procedure

No separate application required after a course application is submitted.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 - Applicants require a degree in a relevant subject area such as science, maths or engineering

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