This degree focuses on the systems and software for analysing geographic data about the world around us and will appeal to students with an interest in technology, mapping, geography and the environment.
This degree is part of a subject area called geomatics. Geomatics spans geography, science, mathematics and ICT. It is a fascinating area of study for anyone who has enjoyed these subjects at A level or equivalent.
This degree is highly ICT-oriented, appealing to students with an interest in computing, as well as mapping, geography and environmental management. You will be working with data collected using mapping technology such as digital surveying and satellite imagery.
You are introduced to the subject area through outdoor and computer-based practical work and learn a wide range of geographic techniques such as land surveying, GPS, satellite imagery, and Geographic Information Systems. You also learn the mathematical techniques required to analyse and process geographic data.
The degree is very hands on, with plenty of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art equipment, particularly on our residential field course in the Lake District.
Another major aspect of the degree is an independent research project that helps you develop research skills and explore a topic that interests you in depth.
This combination of practical skills and specialist knowledge makes our graduates attractive to employers. Our graduates work all over the world applying, analysing, managing and creating geographic data and products.
This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
Newcastle is unique in the UK in having this dual accreditation for its geomatics degrees.
This means that you graduate with a degree that meets the standards set by the industry.
You usually study six modules per semester; each module involves around two one-hour lectures per week, together with several field/computer practicals of around three hours each during the semester.
Each module is usually assessed by a final examination, plus two to four pieces of course work based on the practical classes. You also receive informal non-assessed feedback on your progress. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
This degree is very hands on, with plenty of opportunities to start using our state-of-the-art equipment from your first year.
You will take part in regular practicals in and around Newcastle, as well having opportunities to attend residential field courses around the UK. These include:
Technology is improving all the time and we recognise the importance of our graduates leaving University with industry-ready skills. That is why we're committed to constantly updating our pool of equipment to make sure you learn with the very latest instrumentation.
You will have access to an exceptional pool of advanced industry-standard field and computer laboratory equipment, including 3D laser scanners, GPS and electronic survey equipment, satellite imagery and industry-standard computer software, which you will use from your first year.
You will also receive a starter pack containing key text books and essential equipment.
Newcastle has strong industry links with a variety of companies in the land survey, offshore survey and GIS sectors. The strength of these links is reflected in the availability of work placements, sponsorship opportunities and excellent graduate jobs for our students.
Newcastle has a proven track record for graduate employment – 100% of our 2011 UK and EU geomatics graduates progressed to work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE data).
As a geomatics student at Newcastle, you will join a close-knit community within the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. We provide a peer mentoring scheme and a personal tutor system, to help you settle into university life.
The atmosphere within the School is extremely friendly, beginning with a teambuilding field trip in North Yorkshire in the first week.
There are a lot of practicals throughout the year and at all Stages of the degree you will work together in groups, giving you the chance to get to know your fellow students and staff really well.
You will also enjoy a high level of contact time, around 20–25 hours per week, with lots of support available to help you make the most of your time with us.
All our students have access to an exceptional range of facilities equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our teaching. Visit the School's website to take a virtual tour of some of the laboratories.
Newcastle has fantastic industry links resulting in a 95%+ employment or further study for my course