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F867 - Geographic Information Science with Year in Industry

Geographic Information Science with Year in Industry

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: F867
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This degree focuses on the systems and software for analysing geographic data about the world around us and includes a year in industry to add practical skills to your academic knowledge.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

The degree is similar to our Geographic Information Science BSc Honours, but includes a year in industry.

It is highly ICT-orientated and will appeal to students with an interest in technology, computing, mapping, geography and environmental management.

You learn a range of skills such as programming and data collection, and work with technology such as satellite imagery and informatics.

The degree is very hands-on, with plenty of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art software.

This combination of practical skills and specialist knowledge makes our graduates attractive to employers and we have exceptional employment rates.

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You explore a wide range of geographic techniques including land surveying; GPS; satellite imagery; and Geographic Information Systems.

This year is very hands on, with plenty of opportunities to start using our state-of-the-art equipment, particularly on our residential field course in the Lake District. You will learn the fundamental mathematical techniques required to analyse and process geographic data.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Mapping Fieldcourse 20
Geographic Information Systems 10
Surveying 20
An Introduction to GNSS and its Applications 10
Principles of Remote Sensing 10
Quantitative Methods for Geomatics 10
Tutorial Study Skills for Geomatics 10
Informatics 1 10
Optional Modules Credits
Engineering Mathematics I 20
Basic Mathematics 10
Foundation Mathematics 1 10

You undertake more advanced studies in GIS and develop your knowledge of how it is used to collect, manage and analyse geographical data in a range of jobs and applications.

You will deepen your knowledge of GIS theory and learn to use informatics tools to manage, manipulate and visualise data.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Observation Processing and Analysis 10
Geographic Information Systems: Theory and Application 10
Map Projections and Geodetic Datums 10
Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning I 10
Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing 10
Geomatics Practice and Research 10
Spatial Data Modelling and BIM 10
Informatics 2 10
Digital Data Acquisition 20
Database Systems 20

You will spend the year on a work placement in the UK or abroad. You’ll gain valuable practical experience in the sector.

Stage 4 starts with a field course that gives you the chance to use professional GIS software and field equipment. You then undertake advanced GIS modules that cover emerging, cutting-edge industrial techniques, approaches and applications.

A major aspect of Stage 4 is the independent research project that you develop throughout the year and which forms a quarter of the final-year assessment.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Advanced GIS Fieldcourse 20
Professional Practice 10
Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning II 10
Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth 10
Geospatial Informatics 10
Applied Geospatial Data Handling 10
Individual Research Project 30
Law and Land Use 10
Optional Modules Credits
Land Traffic and Highways 10
GNSS Theory and Practice 10
Design of Transport Infrastructure 10
Advanced Interaction Design 10
Creativity and Market Research in Science and Engineering 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You will have around 20–25 hours of contact time per week.

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.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Examinations – practical or online

Skills and experience

Practical skills

This degree is very hands-on and you'll take part in regular practicals in and around Newcastle and have opportunities to take part in residential field courses across the UK.

In Stage 1, you'll head to the Lake District to map the Borrowdale Valley and your second year will include a three-day tour visiting organisations to see geographic information science in action.

Stage 4 includes an eight-day field course where you'll put all the skills and knowledge you've learned so far in your degree to the test.

Research skills

You'll undertake independent research as part of your final-year project, this will help you to develop your research skills further and dig deeper into a topic that interests you.

Opportunities

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

As a geomatics student at Newcastle, you will join a close-knit community within the School of Engineering.

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
  • state-of-the-art computer software

Support

As a new student, you'll receive a tablet so you can download online learning resources, helping to make our campus more sustainable. You'll also receive a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

You'll also benefit from:

  • a team-building field trip in North Yorkshire in your first week, to help you quickly settle in 
  • our high level of practical and group work, which helps you get to know staff and fellow students

Your future

Graduates from our Geographic Information Science degree have gone on to take up a range of roles, including:

  • GIS analysts
  • surveyors
  • CAD technicians
  • GIS consultants
  • transport planners

Our graduates work in a range of organisations, including:

  • specialist land, air and offshore mapping companies
  • central and local government agencies
  • cartographic publishers
  • suppliers of computer-based mapping technology and GIS
  • utility companies
  • civil engineering contractors
  • oil exploration multinationals
  • geophysical consultants

Make a difference

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Careers support

Our annual careers fair: Life During and Beyond Geomatics, is held at the start of each academic year and allows students to engage directly with industry partners. With around 20 companies from the geospatial sector present, it allows you to get a flavour of what different organisations do in the industry.

You'll be able to find out more about:

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

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation. 

Find out more about the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

ABB-BBB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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