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H270 - Mapping and Geospatial Data Science

Mapping and Geospatial Data Science

MSci Honours

  • UCAS code: H270
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2022
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This degree provides you with a firm foundation in geospatial data science, with plenty of opportunities to develop practical skills in surveying.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity

Course overview

This practical degree focuses on developing your skills and knowledge in:

  • measuring
  • mapping
  • recording
  • managing information

You'll apply this knowledge to a range of areas, from urban and rural to coastal and the open sea.

During Year 3, you'll also have the opportunity to undertake an optional Year in Industry. This can be in the UK or abroad. It will enable you to graduate career ready with real-world working experience.

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

This professionally accredited degree will give you an in-depth understanding of:

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

Our strong links with industry enable your practical and academic skills to develop. This will come through a combination of field trips, project work and industry visits. This ensures you graduate with the technical skills required to succeed in the surveying sector.

Your course during COVID-19
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.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

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.

Modules and learning


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 study modules in Geographic Information Systems; surveying; GNSS and its applications; principles of remote sensing; geospatial mathematics and statistics; and informatics.

You develop your mathematics and study skills, and take either a GIS or surveying field course.


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

You will cover observation processing and analysis; map projections and geodetic datums; photogrammetry and laser scanning; applied remote sensing and image processing; digital data acquisition; Geographic Information Systems: theory and application; and spatial data modelling and building information modelling.


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
Geospatial Engineering Practice and Research 10
Data Science 2 10
Digital Data Acquisition 20
Geospatial Data Analysis I 10
Law and Land Use 10
Optional Modules Credits
GNSS Theory and Practice 10
Geospatial Data Analysis II 10
Foundations of Data Science 20

Your modules include photogrammetry and laser scanning II; geohazards and deformation of the Earth; offshore surveying; environmental informatics; applied geospatial data handling; professional practice; and law and land use.

You’ll also undertake a second eight-day residential field course.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Professional Practice 10
Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing 10
Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth 10
Offshore Surveying 10
Geospatial Informatics 10
Applied Geospatial Data Handling 10
Law and Land Use 10
Optional Modules Credits
Land Traffic and Highways 10
GNSS Theory and Practice 10
Design of Transport Infrastructure 10
GIS Fieldcourse 20
Survey Fieldcourse 20
Foundations of Data Science 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Creativity, Innovation and Market Research in Science and Engineering UG 10

You study the environment business; advanced geodesy; and city analytics. You undertake an individual project on a geospatial data topic of your choice. 

You can also choose from a range of optional modules including traffic and environment management for sustainability; intelligent transport systems; big data analytics; and career development.


Compulsory Modules Credits
The Environment Business 10
Optional Modules Credits
Air Pollution 10
Intelligent Transport Systems 10
Technologies for Future Mobility 10
Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation 10
Hydrosystems Modelling and Management 20
Engineering for AI 10
Cloud Computing 10
Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You usually study six modules per semester, with an average weekly timetable comprising approximately 20–25 contact hours. Each module involves around two one-hour lectures per week.

You also complete several field/computer practicals of around three hours each during the semester.

Modules taught in Stage 1 to Stage 3 are taught linear, e.g. throughout the semester with two lectures a week. During your final year (Stage 4) modules are delivered in two-week blocks (two weeks for each module).

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Examinations – practical or online

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Your degree will involve lots of hands-on and practical learning and you'll develop skills in:

  • observation
  • recording
  • processing
  • hypothesis-testing
  • using equipment 

In Stage 1, you'll go to the Lake District for an eight-day field course to put your surveying skills to practise.

Stage 3 includes another eight-day field course, where you'll use advanced geospatial data science collection and processing methodologies. 

Research skills

In Stage 4, 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.


Work placement

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


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


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 surveying, mapping and geographic information science degrees go on to work for a range 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

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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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

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Contextual offers

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

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

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. 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 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


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.

Read more about fees and funding

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


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

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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