Postgraduate taught 

Geoinformation Technology & Cartography MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Geomatics MSc Project GEOG5040P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Major project for MSc programmes in Geomatics


3-4 sessions will be held during Semester 2 to introduce projects and planning a project proposal.

Presentation of project proposal - normally 1 week after Spring examinations.

Individual tutorials with supervisor will be held at approximately 2 week intervals during the project period

2 oral formative progress reports during the summer

Excluded Courses



Written project proposal 10%

A major project report covering the aims and outcomes, background, methodology, outcomes and evaluation of the project - 85%.

Collation of digital data associated with the project, including appropriate metadata - 5%.

Course Aims

The aims of the project are:

■ To integrate knowledge gained during the programme by applying it to a substantial and intensive project; 

■ To give experience in preparing a project proposal, including oral presentation.

■ To allow students to pursue one particular topic to significantly more depth than possible during the taught part of the course;

■ To encourage investigative study and the application of this to a particular task;

■ To give experience in preparing a substantial report on an extended project.

■ To give experience is preparing data and products for archiving

Projects may be of three basic types:
- a theoretical / research oriented project in which some problem is investigated by experimentation;

- an assessment project, in which the suitability or comparability of equipment, software or methodology to a defined task is investigated;

- an application oriented project in which the client and/or end user's requirements are considered and satisfied by appropriate products.

Students will be encouraged to carry out the project in collaboration with industry, but general work

placement is not appropriate.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Outcomes will depend upon the nature of project selected, but generic outcomes are given here. On completing this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss project requirements with a client or tutor and produce a specification for the outputs of the project;

■ Prepare a written project proposal and present this orally;

■ Plan and carry out a task requiring significant use or investigation of Geomatics;

■ Write a comprehensive report of a significant project;

■ Assemble data from the project, including appropriate metadata.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of project proposal, 2 interim reports and a project report conforming to the standards specified in Programme Handbook.