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Geospatial and Mapping Sciences MSc

Geospatial and Mapping Sciences MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Land & Sea Surveying / Cartography

Course type


Course Summary

This Masters in Geospatial and Mapping Sciences focuses on understanding the theory and practice of geospatial data collection, land and hydrographic surveying, data and information quality, applications of survey information, and research and development in the field of geomatics. It is strongly endorsed by industry, accredited by the RICS and has an excellent employment record. If you are seeking a career in geomatics: land and engineering surveying; hydrographic surveying; land registration/cadastre and LIS; photogrammetric and remote sensing engineering; management of geospatial information; this programme is for you.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Dumfries Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Students will take either Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098 (10 credits) or Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits).
Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014 (10 Credits)
Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099 (10 Credits)
Topographic Mapping and Landscape Monitoring GEOG5025 (10 Credits)
Fundamentals of Geomatics GEOG5008 (20 Credits)
Principles of GIS GEOG5019 (10 Credits)
Geodesy & GNSS GEOG5012 (10 Credits)
Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021 (10 Credits)
Engineering Surveying GEOG5007 (10 Credits)
Principles and Practice of Land Surveying GEOG5017 (20 Credits)
MSc Project GEOG5085P (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need an honours degree 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. Entry without standard academic qualifications, or with technical qualifications in geomatics for those with significant practical experience in related employment, will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is currently the only UK University to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2015. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more


Dumfries Campus

Rutherford And Mccowan Buildings

Bankend Road


Dumfries & Galloway


Nearest train station:

Dumfries 1.1 Miles away