MSc Surveying

The MSc Surveying and the MSc in Hydrographic Surveying will not be running in the 2017-2018 session due to staff changes and a forthcoming re-design of our programmes. We plan to offer a full set of programmes again from September 2018. We shall be accepting applications to these courses from late 2017 onwards. Please note that the Geomatics for BIM programme WILL be running in 2017-2018, and you may like to consider this as an alternative.

The MSc is accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
What is the structure of this degree?
The programme consists of four core modules in Term 1, followed by two core modules in and two optional
options in Term 2, and a research project.

Download the full 2016-2017 timetable (PDF).

Data AnalysisMapping SciencePrinciples & Practice of SurveyingPositioningGIS Principles & TechnologySurvey ProjectOcean & Coastal Zone ManagementSpatial Data ManagementApplied Building Information ModellingTerrestrial Data Acquisition

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 trip is 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.


What are my career prospects after this degree? Download e-Brochure
Surveyors have good prospects in research organisations, 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.

Recent graduate career destinations include:
  • Tunnel Surveyor, Skanska
  • Site Engineer, Site Engineering Surveys
  • Surveyor, Gleeds
  • Surveyor, Jacob's
  • Civil Servant, Treasury Department
For more information on fees, funding, applications and entry, visit the UCL prospectus page.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact our admissions team on (+44) (0)20 3108 4046 or email or Programme Director Dr Jonathan Iliffe.