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Geospatial Surveying and Mapping BEng Honours

  • UCAS code: H245
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2023

This professionally accredited degree focuses on the science, technology and maths behind map-making and coordinate systems.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This professionally accredited degree focuses on the science, technology and maths behind map-making and coordinate systems. You’ll use state-of-the-art technology and mathematical-based analysis to study the built and natural environments.

Your studies will include outdoor and computer-based practical work. You'll learn a wide range of techniques, such as:

  • engineering surveying
  • 3D laser scanning
  • mobile map-making
  • programming

You'll also gain an in-depth understanding of:

  • geodesy
  • photogrammetry
  • cartography
  • GIS
  • hydrographic survey
  • computing

You’ll benefit from our strong links in industry, enabling your practical, professional and academic skills to develop through a combination of field trips, project work and industry visits.

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Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

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Quality and ranking

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. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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 learn about the key concepts in surveying, mapping and geographic information, often through outdoor and computer-based practical work.

In the second semester, you undertake practical land surveying work and start to explore GPS technology. A residential field course mapping a Lake District valley puts all your experience and theory into practice.

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
Tutorial Study Skills for Geospatial Engineering 10
Data Science 1 10
Geospatial Mathematics and Statistics 30
Optional Modules Credits

Stage 2 explores different aspects of surveying and mapping in more detail. You continue studies in surveying and GPS technology, and explore new topics such as: photogrammetry; laser scanning; digital surveying; and map projections and datums. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Professional Practice 10
Geographic Information Systems: Theory and Application 10
Map Projections and Geodetic Datums 10
Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing 10
GNSS Theory and Practice 10
Geospatial Engineering Practice and Research 10
Data Science 2 10
Digital Data Acquisition 20
Geospatial Data Analysis I 10
Geospatial Data Analysis II 10
Law and Land Use 10

Stage 3 starts with a residential field course where you apply your knowledge to surveying and mapping exercises such as structural monitoring, control surveys, and highways design. Your focus then turns to your independent research project, which forms a quarter of the final-year assessment.

Written up as a dissertation, this develops your investigative, research and report presentation skills. You study advanced specialist modules such as offshore surveying, geodesy and geohazards.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Professional Practice 10
Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing 10
Survey Fieldcourse 20
Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth 10
Offshore Surveying 10
Geospatial Informatics 10
Applied Geospatial Data Handling 10
Individual Research Project 30
Law and Land Use 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You usually study six modules per semester, with an average weekly timetable comprising approximately 20 contact hours. Each module involves generally two one-hour lectures per week.

You also complete 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

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

This degree is very hands-on and you'll take part in regular practicals in and around Newcastle.

You'll also have opportunities to take part in residential field courses across the UK. In your first year, you'll head to the Lake District to map the Borrowdale Valley and your second year will include visits to organisations to see surveying, mapping and GIS in action.

Your final year will include 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

In your final year, you'll conduct an individual research project where you can explore a topic of your choosing in greater detail, this will develop your investigative, research and presentation skills.

Opportunities

Work placement

This geographic information science degree is also available with a year's work placement, as a four-year programme.

You'll 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 Year 2 and Year 3.

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

Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

As a geospatial 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

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive:

  • a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable)
  • a start-up pack containing essential personal protective equipment and textbooks

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 Geospatial Surveying and Mapping degrees have gone on to take up a range of roles, including:

  • engineering surveyor
  • geospatial data analyst
  • surveyor 
  • geospatial technician  
  • hydrographic surveyor
  • marine surveyor

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

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Careers support

Our annual careers fair: GENIE - Geospatial Engineering Newcastle Industry Engagement, 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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 

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Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£26400

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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.

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Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

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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  • 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

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