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Your Learning Experience

Your Learning Experience

Here at Newcastle you are a Student Engineer, not an Engineering Student. Right from day one, you’re on course to becoming a professional engineer with a world of opportunities.

Studying Geospatial Surveying, Mapping & GIS here at Newcastle opens up a world of opportunities and we'll equip you with the professional skills you need to succeed. Your learning will include both the theory and practical application of surveying, mapping, geospatial data science and geographic information science. This mixture of learning will provide you with a real-world experience.

You'll benefit from a combination of field trips, project work and industry visits. This ensures you graduate with the technical skills required to succeed in your chosen sector.

  • you'll attend a residential field course in the Lake District. You'll map the Borrowdale Valley
  • in Stage 3, you'll participate in an advanced field course, which draws on your studies in Stages 1 and 2 to introduce you to a real-world problem. This course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the British countryside

Supporting you

You'll flourish as a part of our inspiring, supportive and challenging environment.

You'll be supported by personal tutors, stage tutors, degree tutors, and student buddies within our School.

The University also provides student support and wellbeing services, and our Students’ Union has a range of resources.

Engage with industry

You will engage with industry in a number of ways. You'll attend industry events such as GENIE and guest lectures. You'll take part in projects and placements. You'll have access to in-school support as well as support from our Careers Service.

GENIE: Geospatial Engineering Newcastle Industrial Engagement

This event allows our students to engage directly with our industrial partners.

The event runs very much like a trade show, where you can find out more about:

  • career and placement opportunities and advice
  • industry trends and emerging areas
  • latest software and equipment demonstrations
  • postgraduate study options
  • professional qualifications and pathways

Together with industry

GENIE attracts representatives from across Europe that belong to professional bodies, trade groups, and commercial organisations. Typically almost 30 companies attend.

GENIE provides an ongoing learning experience and allows you to see the breadth of professional practice and disciplines that relate to your degree. It also enables you to develop confidence in talking to professionals as well as aiding the academic and social transitions throughout your studies and beyond.

Recent exhibitors at GENIE have included: Ordnance Survey; Leica Geosystems; Atkins; Arup; Skanska; Fugro; WYG; Jacobs; Wardell Armstrong; Plowman Craven; Mott McDonald; Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors; Severn Partnership; Arcadis; Scopus Engineering; Atlantic Geomatics; Ministry of Defence; CBRE Ltd; CICES; Hollis; Tri Tech Surveys; Geomatic Solutions; SCCS Survey; Murphy Surveys and others.

Abby French is our Engagement with Industry facilitator. Speaking on the benefits of the event, Abby explained, "GENIE provides a unique opportunity for professionals in the sector. Many are Newcastle Alumni. They return to the university, reconnect with staff and support the next generations of students. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our students to ‘map’ their career options and start building their own networks. We are grateful for the long-standing support of many companies. Several also support us by sitting on our industrial advisory board”.

Work placements

All of our degrees offer a Year in Industry option. Between Stages 2 and 3, you'll spend a year on a paid industrial placement.

See our Year in Industry programmes.

World-class facilities and living laboratories

We have a wide range of Geospatial Engineering Facilities for teaching and research. Take a look at our Geospatial Engineering Facilities Tour.

We are a key part of the Innovate UK, Satellite Applications Catapult North East Centre of Excellence.

The Urban Observatory is the largest set of publicly-available, real-time urban data in the UK. It is led by staff in the Surveying, Mapping Sciences and GIS group.