BSc (Honours) Surveying and Mapping Sciences

Date01 September 2019-30 June 2022
VenueUniversity of East London

What is Surveying and Mapping Sciences?

This programme encompasses a diversity of disciplines characterised around the major theme of spatial data measurement. The science of Surveying, also known as Land Surveying or Geomatics, is a specialisation that brings together the collection, processing, analysis, presentation and management of spatial information. This includes the subjects of land surveying, geodesy, photogrammetry, laser scanning, remote sensing, hydrographic surveying, mapping and cadastral surveying alongside the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and software.

Surveying and Mapping Sciences at UEL

  • At UEL we have over 60 years' experience in offering surveying programmes of study
  • Our programmes are highly regarded by industry and our students usually readily find employment within the surveying or civil engineering sectors
  • Students have access to a full range of professional surveying equipment and software and use this throughout their studies
  • At UEL surveying programmes score very highly in the National Student Survey(NSS) and in internal satisfaction surveys

Programme structure

3-year full-time, 4-year sandwich or 6 year day-release part-time (up-to 60 credits peracademic year).

Learning environment

The programme benefits from access to a full range of modern surveying equipment and software and designated laboratory space. Teaching is delivered through formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, problem based learning and laboratory sessions. In more than half of the modules studied at least 50% of the study time is completed in field practical or laboratory classes. Group work is also encouraged in many modules. There is a field scheme in the first year. Site visits to current construction and surveying projects are regularly available throughout the academic year and are often used in the teaching programme.


Assessment varies from module to module but will include examinations, coursework, project work, laboratory reports, presentations, and tests of competence in practical sessions.

Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Programme Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all assessment within the programme.

Work experience/placement opportunities

The School has strong links with industry and employers often approach us when looking for placement / internship students. We encourage students to consider seeking industrial experience during their academic programme, either through work experience during the summer vacations or through the optional sandwich placement between level 5 and level6. Those students who opt for a year out placement will be enrolled on a 120 credit Industrial Sandwich Placement module EG5100 which will appear in the final transcript as evidence of the 'sandwich' placement year. An employment liaison officer oversees the administration of the year out placements and assists in helping students secure a placement. We are fortunate in the support of our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) partners in enabling this important optional element to happen, although this is a competitive process and a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Project work

Throughout your studies you will undertake a number of small projects, usually based on practical work, as part of the module assessment. During level 6 of the programme you will be required to complete a final project in the form of independent research and study of a technical subject. This project will be supervised by a member of staff with an interest in thef ield and will normally include some laboratory work or the analysis of a specific survey problem.

Added value

All of the modules of study have been designed to match the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) membership competencies.

Is the programme for me?

If you are interested in...

  • Maps
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Computing
  • Working outside

If you enjoy...

  • The challenges of practical work
  • Working in groups
  • Field work
  • Using computers
  • Applying mathematics
  • Solving Problems
  • Construction

If you want...

  • Variety, working both indoors and outdoors, applying science and technology and a degree with a real practical emphasis geared to meet the needs of employers.

Your future career

Might be in Land or Sea Surveying, Civil Engineering, Construction, Cadastral Surveying, Environmental Assessment, Archaeology or Forensic site investigation. You might work on large or small-scale projects, in project management or in land development activities. Some graduates have moved to careers in business, management and finance.

Students regularly continue their studies on post-graduate programmes at UEL and at other institutions in subjects such as Environmental Management, Geographic Information Science and specialised areas of surveying.

Long-term career potential is good and surveying continues to be a professional skill in demand.

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