Research course


Newcastle University · School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, such as geomatics, surveying, mathematics, physics, earth/environmental science, engineering, computing/IT or physical geography.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Ranked 2nd in the UK by Research Fortnight, our geomatics research is ground breaking. We publish in leading international journals, at conferences, in the media and through educational outreach programmes. Whether focusing on geodesy or geospatial engineering, you will work with experts to produce research of an international standard.
The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences enjoys an international reputation for using the latest science to solve problems of global importance. Our research has significant relevance in non-academic settings and we regularly apply it through consultancy to industry, from the global offshore industry to local authorities and survey and engineering companies. We are a key part of the TSB Satellite Applications Catapult North East Centre of Excellence.

Department specialisms

Satellite geodesy: GPS and geophysical modelling, GPS/GNSS geodesy, precise orbit determination of altimetric and geodetic satellites, sea level, ice sheet mass balance, satellite altimetry, static and temporal gravity field and reference frame analyses from dedicated satellite missions, SAR interferometry, geophysical and industrial deformation monitoring, geodynamics and geohazards, integration of GPS and INS engineering geodesy Geospatial Engineering: geoinformatics and advanced GIS, geospatial algorithm development, spatial modelling including network modelling, cellular automata and agent based approaches to spatial complexity, multimedia cartography and information delivery, temporal GIS, geospatial data management, airborne and satellite remote sensing applied to environmental impact assessment; land use, vegetation and pollution monitoring; Earth observation of urban systems; photogrammetry; laser scanning; precise non-contact dimensional control.

Information for international students

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Secretary (Civil Engineering), School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
+44 (0) 191 208 6445