School of Engineering

Surveying, Mapping & GIS

Surveying, Mapping & GIS

Benefit from our excellent links to the international geomatics industry throughout your degree.

Surveying, Mapping and GIS: Bachelor and Master of Science Honours degrees BSc and MSci

Our Degrees

See the world differently with our degrees in Geomatics.

Geomatics spans geography, science, mathematics and ICT. It is the science of earth mapping, at all scales. From using lasers to make 3D models, to using satellite positioning to model environmental changes, these courses help you to see the world differently.

Take a 60 second look at GIS

Undergraduate Courses in Surveying, Mapping and GIS

  • Entry requirements
    • A Level ABB; IB 34 points
  • Duration
    • BSc: 3 years
      • with Year in Industry: 4 years
    • MSci: 4 years
      • with Year in Industry: 5 years
Mapping and Geospatial Data Science: Master of Science MSci Honours
Mapping and Geospatial Data Science

Get a firm foundation in geospatial data science. We'll provide you with plenty of opportunities to develop practical skills in surveying.

Surveying and Mapping Science: Bachelor of Science BSc Honours
Surveying and Mapping Science

Learn about our built and natural environments using state-of-the-art technology and mathematical-based analysis.

Geographic Information Science: Bachelor of Science BSc Honours
Geographic Information Science

Get in-depth knowledge of the systems and software we use to analyse geographic data about the world around us.


Why Choose Us?

Taught by experts, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You'll flourish in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Our research

Surveying, mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) learning and research has a long, rich history at Newcastle University.

Our teaching is informed by our ground-breaking research. Our research sits within the School's Infrastructure research theme. It's of international quality, and is carried out across three groups in Geomatics:

  • Geodesy
  • Geospatial engineering
  • Remote sensing

Our research has significant relevance in non-academic settings. We regularly apply it through consultancy to industry, from the global offshore industry to local authorities and survey and engineering companies.

Teaching excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.

Teaching Excellence Framework TEF Gold

Scholarships and Funding

A number of scholarships and funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students.


Your Learning Experience

From research-led teaching to experiential learning, your student experience will be varied, challenging and rewarding.

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.

In Stage 1, you'll attend a residential field course in the Lake District during the Easter vacation. 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 eight-day course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the British countryside, and is held at the start of Stage 3 studies in September.

World class facilities

We have a wide range of Geomatics facilities for teaching and research. We are a key part of the Innovate UK, Satellite Applications Catapult North East Centre of Excellence.

Work Placement

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.


Our Students

What do our students think of our Surveying, Mapping and GIS degrees?

Read our student blog where student Tim talks about his Stage 1 field course.



Our graduates go on to be employed by organisations such as the Ministry of Defence, BT, AECOM, and Atkins.

Arup: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Aecom: A top graduate destination
Atkins: A top graduate destination
WSP: A top graduate destination
ABB: A top graduate destination
BAE Systems: A top graduate destination
Mott MacDonald: A top graduate destination
JBA Consulting: A top graduate destination
Sellafield Ltd: A top graduate destination
Skanska: A top graduate destination
The Army: A top graduate destination
Ministry of Defence: A top graduate destination
Babcock: A top graduate destination
GSK GlaxoSmithKline: A top graduate destination
EY: A top graduate destination
Network Rail: A top graduate destination
Jaguar Land Rover: A top graduate destination
Siemens: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Environment Agency: A top graduate destination
Rolls Royce: A top graduate destination and one of our industrial partners
Costain: A top graduate destination
Technip: A top graduate destination
NWG Northumbrian Water Group: One of our industrial partners
British Engines: One of our industrial partners
Sevcon: One of our industrial partners
Bel Valves: One of our industrial partners
Dyson: One of our industrial partners
Royston: One of our industrial partners
Northern Powergrid: One of our industrial partners
Northern Gas Networks: One of our industrial partners

Our graduates work all over the world in a range of organisations, including:

  • specialist land, air and offshore mapping
  • government agencies
  • cartographic publishers
  • engineering companies

In 2016, 93% of Geomatics students were employed or went on to further studies.

The average salary was £26,138, with a typical range of £23,000 to £28,000.

Life During and Beyond Geomatics

Held at the start of each academic year, this event brings our students and industrial partners together. Running very much like a trade show, it attracts professional bodies, trade groups, and commercial organisations from across Europe. Regular exhibitors include Leica Geosystems, Ordnance Survey and BP.

Want to become a Chartered Engineer?

  • Our degrees can lead to Chartered Engineer status. However, you’ll need to complete further study, like an approved Master's degree.


The Surveying and Mapping Science and Geographic Information Science degrees are unique in the UK, having dual accreditation from:

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

Our Surveying and Mapping Science and Geographic Information Science degrees are approved by the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme. The Scheme sponsors students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.