h270 - Mapping and Geospatial Data Science MSci

Mapping and Geospatial Data Science MSci Honours

UCAS Code: H270 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This degree provides you with a firm foundation in geospatial data science, with plenty of opportunities to develop practical skills in surveying.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MSci Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Levels: ABB
IB: 34 points

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This degree equips you with practical skills and knowledge in measuring, mapping, recording and managing information. You apply this knowledge to a range of areas, from urban and rural to coastal and the open sea.

You’ll gain in-depth understanding of a range of topics, spanning:

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

You benefit from 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.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2018 entry

Modules for 2018 entry

Please note

This is a new degree for 2018 entry.

The modules are listed below to provide an example of the types of modules that will be available.

Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

  • CEG1702 Geographic Information Systems
  • CEG1703 Surveying
  • CEG1705 An Introduction to GNSS and its Applications
  • CEG1706 Principles of Remote Sensing
  • CEG1707 Quantitative Methods for Geomatics
  • CEG1713 Informatics 1
  • CEG1715 Tutorial Study Skills for Geomatics
  • CEG1701 SMS Fieldcourse

If you are following the Geographic Information Science stream for the first two years, you will take the following module instead of CEG1701:

  • CEG1714 GIS Fieldcourse

If you have A level Mathematics at grade B or above, you will take:

  • ENG1001 Engineering Mathematics 1

If you don’t have A level Mathematics, or if you have A level Mathematics at grade C or below, you will take:

  • SFY0001 Basic Mathematics
  • SFY0003 Foundation Mathematics 1

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

  • CEG2703 Observation Processing and Analysis
  • CEG2707 Map Projections and Geodetic Datums
  • CEG2708 Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning 1
  • CEG2709 Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing
  • CEG2722 Informatics 2
  • CEG2723 Digital Data Acquisition
  • CEG2724 Geographic Information Systems: Theory and Application
  • CEG2725 Spatial Data Modelling and BIM

If you took CEG1701 at Stage 1, you take the following compulsory modules:

  • CEG2705 Survey Mathematics
  • CEG2710 GNSS Theory and Practice

If you took CEG1714 at Stage 1, you take the following compulsory module:

  • CSC2513 Database Systems

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

  • CEG3706 Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning II
  • CEG3707 Geohazards and Deformation of the Earth
  • CEG3710 Offshore Surveying
  • CEG3715 Environmental Informatics
  • CEG3717 Applied Geospatial Data Handling
  • CEG3730 Professional Practice
  • LAW2053 Law and Land Use

If you took CEG2705 and CEG2710 at Stage 2, you take the following compulsory module:

  • CEG3702 Advanced Survey Fieldcourse

If you took CSC2513 at Stage 2, you take the following compulsory modules:

  • CEG2705 Survey Mathematics
  • CEG2710 GNSS Theory and Practice
  • CEG3701 Advanced GIS Fieldcourse

Optional modules

If you took CEG2705 and CEG2710 at Stage 2, you choose 20 credits of optional modules from the following list:

  • CEG2401 Land Traffic and Highways
  • CEG3401 Design of Transport Infrastructure
  • CSC2513 Database Systems

Stage 4

Compulsory modules

  • CEG8607 The Environment Business
  • CEG8710 Advanced Geodesy 
  • CEG8711 City Analytics 
  • CEG8790 Individual MSci Project 
  • NCL8XXX Research Methods

Optional modules

You choose 30 credits of optional modules from the following list:

  • CEG8409 Traffic and Environment Management for Sustainability
  • CEG8415 ITS Technologies, Systems and Implementation
  • CEG8419 Transport Modelling and Forecasting
  • CEG8422 Intelligent Transport Systems
  • CEG8428 Modelling and Simulation Transport Networks
  • CEG8505 Climate Change: Earth System, Future Scenarios and Threats
  • CEG8513 Hydroinformatics Systems Development
  • CEG8514 Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation
  • CEG8523 Modelling and Forecasting of Floods
  • CSC8101 Big Data Analytics
  • CSC8110 Cloud Computing
  • NCL8007 Career Development for Masters Level Students
  • SPG8016 Business Enterprise in Science and Engineering

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