Measuring, describing and depicting the seabed is crucial to the maintenance and development of ports, safe navigation, offshore renewables and the continuing search for hydrocarbons. Yet there is an international shortage of hydrographic surveyors. Seize this opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the science and technology of hydrography, experiencing the latest methods and equipment involved in exploring and managing the seabed whilst preparing for a career in this growth area.
Graduate from a course that crosses different disciplines and is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
Choose to study full or part time and opt for a combination of modules that is currently recognised as having Category A professional status by the International Hydrographic Organisation and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG/IHO).
Study with the ocean right on your doorstep in our waterfront city. Benefit from the practical research opportunities and links to international marine businesses this brings, as well as access to the University’s specialist Marine Institute.
Study aboard the University’s own survey vessel the Falcon Spirit, and develop hands-on experience in current survey techniques and different methods of data collection and analysis.
Prepare yourself on a commercially focused programme that’s been developed in response to industry requirements and an expressed commercial need. Progress to a career in hydrographic research and development, port and offshore/ nearshore surveying or environmental support.
Equip yourself with the latest knowledge relating to hydrography in the fields of marine geophysics, oceanography, land survey techniques, geodesy, bathymetric surveying, tides, acoustic theory and marine resource management. Learn to use equipment including GNSS, SBES, MBES, ADCP and sidescan sonar.
Engage in debates around the wider aspects of hydrography and the implications for data capture, data management, processing and information systems.
Attend lectures and receive support from our specialist staff, as well as access to a series of industrial speakers and demonstrations of the latest technologies.
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to design, develop and implement a final research project at postgraduate level.
Benefit from our good relationship with industry - a number of companies visit each year. There is excellent recruitment from the programme to the marine sector with global opportunities and the potential to travel in conjunction with your employment. Category A accredited surveyors are professionally recognised and in high demand.
Period 1 — an intensive 15 week programme of classroom learning and field activities prepare you for the technical aspects of surveying and the research required in master’s study. 70 per cent lectures/seminars and 30 per cent practical, either within the laboratory or afloat. Assessment is continual or by coursework.
Period 2 — specialise in advanced studies with a combination of the digital mapping and survey project management modules, conforming to the academic requirements of the FIG/IHO Surveying Courses Board as Category A. Modules are selected based on industrial expectations and potential career requirements. 80 per cent lectures/seminars, 20 per cent practical. Assessment is 50/50 coursework and formal examination for core modules, continuous for the one optional module.
Period 3 — undertake a self-managed final dissertation, supervised by an assigned academic. May comprise a desk study, laboratory experimentation, field observations, data acquisitions and processing.
The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email [email protected]
You will need a good degree in survey, technology or science. You may still be acceptable without recent formal qualifications - enquire about your suitability. If you are interested in following the programme on a part-time basis you're encouraged to contact the programme leader. If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required (minimum IELTS score is normally 6.5).