Surveying, Mapping & GIS
Benefit from our excellent links to the international geomatics industry throughout your degree.
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.
- Entry requirements
- A Level ABB; IB 34 points
- BSc: 3 years
- with Year in Industry: 4 years
- MSci: 4 years
- with Year in Industry: 5 years
- BSc: 3 years
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
Learn about our built and natural environments using state-of-the-art technology and mathematical-based analysis.
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.
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:
- 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.
We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which demonstrates our commitment to teaching quality.
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.
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.
Surveying & Mapping Science BSc (Hons)
Choosing Surveying & Mapping Science
The ratio between outdoor and indoor practical work compared to classroom based lectures is great.
Choosing the course
Peer to peer help is very strong within each cohort because of the small number of students on the course. The staff get to know everyone on a personal level and therefore are willing to help you as and when required.
The facilities here are amazing, giving support where needed and allowing the students to reach their potential.
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.
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.