The Masters in Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement will introduce you to the surveying discipline and prepare you for employment in the industry. Engineering and land survey are fundamental to the design, construction and navigation of infrastructure projects from small to national scale such as buildings, road and rail networks. Hydrographic Surveyors contribute to safety of navigation and port management for seas, rivers and lakes, and underwater infrastructure projects such as pipelines and offshore wind turbines. This programme is ideal if you are seeking employment in the geospatial industry to support construction and mapping projects both onshore and offshore. This version of the programme includes a 6 month work placement in industry, instead of the normal MSc project.
Why this programme
- The MSc Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement was developed in close collaboration with industry to meet their employment needs and includes a 6 month work placement in industry.
- Students will benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment and software including RTK GNSS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and terrestrial laser scanners.
- This programme meets the academic requirements for membership of relevant professional bodies and is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
- We have over 50 years of experience delivering postgraduate programmes in Geomatics. Capitalising on our wealth of knowledge and strong support from industry, this programme meets employer requirements.
- If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land, engineering, or hydrographic surveying this programme is for you.
- Subject to certain conditions, we will accept candidates without the normal entry requirements for an MSc programme, especially those with industrial experience.
- Our School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).
Modes of delivery of the MSc Land & Hydrographic Surveying include lectures, practical exercises, and hands-on experience with state-of-the art equipment and software. Included is a weeklong surveying field course, which consolidates practical skills. The programme includes several direct contributions from industry and opportunities to participate in industry-led events.
The work placement supports the application of knowledge and skills developed academically, to be applied directly to a work-environment, gaining valuable practical experience.
- FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOMATICS (COMBINED)
- PRINCIPLES OF GIS
- PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF LAND SURVEYING
- TOPOGRAPHIC MAPPING AND LANDSCAPE MONITORING
- APPLIED HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYING
- APPLIED LAND SURVEYING
- ENGINEERING SURVEY
- GNSS & GEODESY
- HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEY
- RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN GEOMATICS
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Career opportunities include land surveyor, engineering surveyor, hydrographic surveyor, GIS specialist and environmental consulting.
There is currently a high demand for surveyors both in the UK and internationally. In addition to the offshore energy industry, land surveyors are in demand in many parts of the world to support mining operations and major civil engineering projects.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2019-20
Home and EU
- Full-time fee: £8450
- Full-time fee: £21020
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)
If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.
Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding
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Postgraduate Student Loan (Scotland and EU)
From session 2018-2019 eligible full-time students, undertaking an eligible postgraduate course, can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500. Eligible part-time students can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500 for the course, split across each year of their course, where the course does not take any longer than twice the length of the full-time equivalent course.
From session 2018-2019, new students will be eligible to apply for support to undertake postgraduate diploma and full masters’ level courses via distance learning.
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Postgraduate Loans for Welsh Students
If you are a Welsh student looking to study a postgraduate programme in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a Welsh University.
Postgraduate Masters Loan
If you’re starting a masters degree*, you could get a Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,280 to help with course fees and living costs.
* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes
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Postgraduate Doctoral Loan
If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
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The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
Normally a good Honours degree (2.1) in a relevant field such as civil engineering, earth or environmental science, geography, mathematics, physics, or planning, but others with some mathematical background will be considered.
Those with a degree in geomatics or a closely related subject or who meet the age and experience criteria of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors can use the programme as a route to a professional qualification or preparation for a research degree and may, under special circumstances, be given exemption from some aspects of the programme.
(Note: this programme has slightly higher entrance requirements than the MSc in Land & Hydrographic Surveying and the MSc in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences due to the 6 month work placement).
Securing a work placement
Offers for this degree programme will be dependent on the number of work placements that the School has negotiated with placement providers in advance. However, the School cannot guarantee a work placement as there may be situations beyond our control that lead to a placement being unavailable. If for any reason a placement is not available after offers have been made, the student will transfer to the MSc in Land & Hydrographic Surveying, and the work placement will be replaced with an MSc project.
The School will also consider suggestions for work placement partners from applicants. In such cases we will contact the suggested placement provider and confirm that they meet our requirements and are willing to agree to the conditions of the placement. Companies should be active in Land, Engineering and/or Hydrographic Surveying.
Progression to the placement is dependent on meeting academic requirements while on the course. If a student does not meet the progression requirements for the placement but does meet the progression requirements for the degree, the student will transfer to the MSc in Land & Hydrographic Surveying, and the work placement will be replaced with an MSc project. Please note these requirements are more demanding than for the non-work placement version of the programme.
The progression requirements for the placement are as follows:
- At the end of Semester 1, you must normally achieve at least a C grade in each of the semester 1 courses at the first attempt
- At the end of Semester 2, you must normally achieve an overall average B grade from all taught courses at the first attempt
For international (non EU) applicants. A Tier 4 student visa will permit you to undertake this assessed work placement as part of your course in the UK.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
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How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
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Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
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- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2019
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2019
Classes start September 2019 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.Apply now
More information about this programme
Geographical & Earth Sciences
- Geoinformation Technology & Cartography [MSc/PgDip/PgCert]
- Geomatics & Management [MSc]
- Geospatial & Mapping Sciences [MSc/PgDip/PgCert]
- Human Geography: Spaces, Politics, Ecologies [MRes]
- Land & Hydrographic Surveying [MSc/PgDip/PgCert]