MSc Hydrography

Date01 September 2019-30 September 2020
VenueUniversity of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is situated in the south west of England, next to Plymouth Sound and on the Devon coastline. The natural harbour of Plymouth Sound and its major river, the Tamar, are the places for practicals afloat and opportunities to apply hydrography and marine geoscience. To the north, Dartmoor National Park provides a complete break from the bustle of the modern city, offering wild walks, climbing and seclusion.

The University has around 30,000 students, either on the Plymouth campus or across the region. There is a strong national and international research profile and significant funds to support research are attained annually. There is a large number of PhD and postgraduate students. Recent years have seen an investment of more than £110 million in state-of-the-art facilities, from the library to lecture theatres, laboratories and the Student Union building.

Each of the University's survey courses is strongly vocational with field activities on its research vessel Falcon Spirit.  She is equipped with the University's own survey instrumentation and also with loans from industry. The experience from the Plymouth survey courses is of strong employment in applied work based on the degree studied.

Variety, travel, scientific endeavour, marine experiences and being paid to do it!  Who could want better? 

The MSc Hydrography course aims to provide postgraduates with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of Marine Science and its relevance to the research and development needs of industry and the professions.

As with the BSc Ocean Exploration, the employment focus is within the hydrocarbon industry which continues to provide international work opportunities.  This will develop into the growing offshore renewables sector as well as providing the resources to underpin marine archaeology.

Recent dissertations include:

  • Trim, Settlement & Squat - use of RTK GPS to determine vessel attitude
  • Changes in Salt Marsh Habitat on the Upper Reaches of the River Tamar
  • Laboratory Assessment of Flocculation Characteristics in the Tamar Estuary at Neap Tidal conditions
  • Comparison of Data Quality: Analogue v Digital Sidescan Sonar
  • Quantification and Visualisation of 'Dive' Wrecks in Lyme Bay
  • Impact of Speed of Light in Water on the Accuracy of Bathymetric Lidar

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Wed 6th - Thu 7th May 2020
NOC, Southampton, UK  

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