This MSc is an intensive study of the technical, analytical and professional aspects of modern land surveying. The programme gives students a broad range of experience in methods of spatial data acquisition, with a curriculum that includes exposure to terrestrial survey equipment (levels, total stations and laser scanners), close range sensors, aerial imagery and GNSS techniques.
What will I learn?
Students are trained in the techniques and methodology of data acquisition, and develop skills to apply those techniques to specific problems and to analyse the quality of results. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles that underlie the analysis and use of spatial data.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore surveying.

Students have the advantages of studying at a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. Students benefit in particular from the advanced research work being carried out in laser scanning and global navigation satellite systems and from the department’s strong links to industry.

The Department has worked particularly closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who have accredited this programme.
What is the structure of the degree? 
The programme consists of four core modules in Term 1, followed by two core modules in and two specialist options in Term 2, and a research project.


Research Project
Students on the MSc programme embark on an individual project after the examinations in May, which lasts until the end of the programme in September. The department enjoys strong links with industry, and projects are often carried out in collaboration with organisations outside the college. With the range of expertise available in the department, this leads to a very wide variety of possible topics for investigation.
Field Trip
A field tripwill be held at the end of the second term. This is designed to give practical experience of advanced techniques and technologies, and to highlight issues relating to the management of projects. It will be assessed as a component of the Survey Project module.
In addition to field trips, visits to government establishments and private companies may be organised in order to gain greater insight into current practice. This will entail additional costs of approximately £350.
A full MSc brochure is available for prospective applicants to look through. The brochure contains extensive details about the course content, as well as profiles of the careers of some of our former students.


The MSc is accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a satisfactory performance on the programme will grant you an exemption from the RICS's final written examinations.
What are the entry requirements?
The minimum entry requirements are a good second class honours degree in a cognate subject or related discipline from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Acceptable degrees include geography, civil engineering, geology, mathematics, physics, and archaeology. Extensive work experience covering related areas will be considered.
As preparation for the MSc if you are offered a place, you will be expected to revise your knowledge of mathematics (up to 'A'-Level) in certain topics such as trigonometry, geometry and differential calculus if you have not studied these for some time. The most comprehensive text to use would be "Engineering Mathematics" by K.A. Stroud (6th Edition), but many other text books covering an equivalent level of mathematics are also available.

Overseas applicants will need a recognised English language qualification. Further information relating to your country and UCL can be found here. To find out if your degree is recognised by UCL please contact the Admissions Office.

How to apply?

Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. It takes approximately 4 weeks from submission of an application to receiving an offer letter. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa we recommend applying no later than 15th June to enable you time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd August 2015. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Details on how to apply and further information can be found here:


What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we wish to know:
  • Why you want to study Surveying at graduate level?
  • Why you want to study Surveying at UCL?
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme?
  • How your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme?
  • How this degree fits to your career aspirations?
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
What are my careers prospects after this degree?
Surveyors have good prospects in research organisations like CERN, Geneva, in government mapping agencies such as the Ordnance Survey and the Hydrographic Office, and in the private sector in both large multi-nationals (such as oil companies) and smaller specialised surveying, mapping and laser scanning companies. 
Where can I get some further information?
It may also help you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you can find more information on the application process, including visa issues for international students, as well as more general information applicable to all our Masters courses.

If you have any queries you can contact the course administrator on (+44)(0)20 7679 4046 or email