Postgraduate taught 

Geomatics & Management MSc

Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with an understanding of geospatial data infrastructures and the principles of land registration. Practical aspects focus on the design and use of geodatabases for land information.


All classes will be on one day per week for 5 weeks in semester 2.

Excluded Courses



Normally GEOG5019 Principles of GIS, or equivalent background in GIS


Assessment includes a report on a geodatabase modelling exercise (70%) and oral assessment on an International Geospatial Data Infrastructure (30%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The geodatabase modelling exercise cannot be repeated, but a revised report may be re-submitted.

Course Aims

To describe the development of topographic mapping, mapping policies and geospatial data infrastructures in the UK, selected other countries and to indicate the current status and availability of topographic mapping and geospatial data globally.

To introduce the principles of land registration and the role of Geographic Information and the Geomatician in it the management of land.

To further develop understanding of geospatial databases and database management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explain what geospatial data infrastructures are and their importance to good governance;

■ Critically assess the development of topographic mapping and geospatial data infrastructures in the UK, selected countries and from a global perspective;

■ Explain the nature and importance of land ownership, land tenure and associated rights;

■ Explain the principles of cadastre and land registration;

■ Discuss appropriate frameworks for land administration;

■ Explain the role of the Geomatician in land administration;

■ Explain the principles and practices of geospatial data modelling and geodatabase design

■ Design a geospatial database

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at seminars is required.