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Geospatial and Mapping Sciences MSc/PgDip/PgCert

University of Glasgow

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Glasgow

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

This MSc in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences focuses on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection and management. Topics covered include land, engineering and hydrographic surveying, data and geospatial information quality. The course draws on research and the latest developments in the field of geomatics, with a strong practical component. Key applications of geospatial skills support sustainable development, including measuring land and location of assets (e.g. transport routes, location of electric cables, forests), monitoring subsidence and sea level change, documenting heritage using laser scanning, and setting up and managing the coordinate system/mapping for a country. This programme is strongly endorsed by industry, accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • Surveying and mapping are essential to a country’s development across industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential sectors, and geospatial information is now recognised as a crucial component of a country’s development.
  • If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land and engineering surveying, hydrographic surveying, land registration/cadastre and LIS, photogrammetric and remote sensing engineering or management of geospatial information, then this programme is for you.
  • This programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES), when fully completed with the award of an MSc.
  • The MSc in Geospatial and Mapping Sciences is an industry-sponsored programme and has been developed in close collaboration with industry to meet global demand for professionals in this field.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Career opportunities include land surveyor, engineering surveyor, hydrographic surveyor, GIS specialist, environmental consulting. There is currently a very high demand for surveyors, especially in hydrographic survey, in support of offshore oil and renewable energy engineering and maintenance. Several of the key employers visit us each year to recruit students. In addition to the offshore energy industry, land surveyors are in demand in many parts of the world to support mining operations, major civil engineering projects and to provide surveying services for Land Registration. A strong background in data capture, datums and co-ordinate systems, and data processing can also be of value in the GIS and environmental management sectors.

Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Fugro, AECOM, UTEC and Subsea 7. Positions include Offshore Surveyor, Analyst, Hydrographic Surveyor and Graduate Supervisor.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,920per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Glasgow

  • University League Table

    19th

  • Campus address

    University of Glasgow, The Fraser Building, 65 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G12 8QQ, Scotland

A wide range of international scholarships are available including International Excellence scholarships and postgraduate awards.
Meet students from across the university with over 250 clubs and societies available – ranging from international student societies to the Harry Potter society.
Pre-sessional English language provision available prior to starting university, and English language support options throughout the duration of study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    7th out of 29 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    196 86%

    4th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    16th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    21st

    6

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