Masters degrees in Hydrography train postgraduates in the collection, creation and dissemination of data about the sea and seabed, coastal areas, lakes and rivers. Research also includes techniques in surveying and the study of tides and currents.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research-based MRes and MPhil programmes may also be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Geography or Geology.
Measuring and monitoring the seabed is essential to the maintenance and development of ports, safe maritime navigation, and the excavation of offshore renewables and hydrocarbons. For example, training in this field allows you to investigate issues such as coastal erosion, and predict their change over time.
You will be equipped with the techniques to manage hydrographic data, including positioning and charting. This includes training in hydroinformatics, remote sensing and GIS (geographic information systems) as well as underwater acoustics.
Careers may include marine planning and development, security and defence, scientific research, environmental protection or economic practices such as water resources management.