Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc

Course Introduction

The MSc Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) teaches students the theory, tools and techniques for working with geospatial data in the marine environment, from acquisition to processing and analysis. Students have the opportunity to engage and work with academics and industrial partners on cutting edge research through seminars and a dissertation. The programme educates students in the marine geospatial sciences, equipping them for careers in this rapidly developing subject. Students will gain broad knowledge of the means of acquiring, processing, and analysing spatial data in the marine context ? using vessel-based acoustic techniques, satellite positioning, AUVs, and much more. Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated in the heart of London. This exciting new MSc programme is a further development of the department?s history of teaching Hydrographic Surveying.

Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated in the heart of London. This exciting new MSc programme is a further development of the department?s history of teaching Hydrographic Surveying. The programme is run as a partnership with the Port of London Authority, including the use of their fully equipped survey vessels and tuition from their experienced surveyors. Students also have the opportunity to study nautical science and basic seamanship, equipping them for careers as hydrographic surveyors as soon as they graduate. Students graduating with a degree in Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc will be equipped for a diverse range of roles, with organisations such as offshore and inshore survey companies, national hydrographic departments, equipment manufacturers and port authorities. Additionally, many graduates from our programmes go on to PhD research at UCL or elsewhere. The Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying) MSc is a Category A IHO/FIG/ICA accredited course. Category A is the highest level of international recognition for a Hydrographic Surveying course. The course is also accredited by RICS.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,750 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £26,660 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,750 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,375 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £13,340 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £6,375 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (such as engineering, architecture, geography, urban planning, mathematics, surveying, marine & Earth sciences, computer science) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Normally, however, only candidates with either a first- or upper second-class degree will be accepted, although applicants with a lower second-class degree supported by extensive relevant work experience will also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests; overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?pass? in all components; overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.