MSc Geospatial Sciences (Hydrographic Surveying)

Date01 September 2019-01 September 2020
VenueUniversity College London

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits). All students carry out a dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

All students will take the following compulsory modules:

  • Geospatial Science
  • Geospatial Programming
  • Data Analysis
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Reality Capture & Precision 3D Sensing
  • Sensors & Location
  • Hydrographic Applications
  • Applied Field Project

Optional modules


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words and a poster presentation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, computer sessions, seminars and field classes. Assessment is via coursework (individual and group), presentations, written examinations and the dissertation.


Some modules contain an element of fieldwork using specialist equipment in an applied setting.  


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. RICS works in partnership with universities to ensure that their accredited degree courses are relevant to industry. This means that when you study on an accredited degree this will be recognised by employers as the benchmark of quality.

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