Taught course

Geomatics & Management

University of Glasgow · School of Geographical and Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in geomatics or similar subject. Those with lower qualifications having significant experience in industry will be considered on an individual basis. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Masters in Geomatics & Management is aimed at graduates in geomatics (surveying and mapping). It will enhance your career progression in the field of geomatics, and provide you with the necessary skill set to succeed in managerial positions. The combination of geomatics with management offered by this programme has been strongly endorsed by industry.

Why Glasgow?

· University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2014).

· You will be jointly taught by staff from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and the Adam Smith Business School and will benefit from their resources and expertise and from an industry-focused curriculum informed by experts in the field.

· With a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

· The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 8th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).

· If you have a geomatics background, but with little management experience and you are looking to broaden your knowledge of management while also furthering your knowledge of geomatics, this programme is designed for you.

· The programme is split into two semesters and a summer session. One semester will be based in the Business School and is aimed at developing knowledge and skills of management principles and techniques. An applied approach is adopted, with an emphasis on an informed critical evaluation of information, and the subsequent application of concepts and tools to the core areas of business and management.

· The semester in Geomatics allows you to focus on land and hydrographic surveying, or GIS and cartography. Your programme will be customised depending on your background and interests.

· While taking advanced courses in Geomatics you will have benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment, including GPS and Terrestrial Laser Scanning, and industry standard processing software, GIS and graphic packages as part of this programme.

· You will attend either a week long survey field course or the three-day GIS Research UK conference as part of the programme (included in fees).

· This programme has a September and January intake.

Programme Structure

You will attend taught courses and undertake a summer research project, aimed at practical application and enhancing your ability to do independent work and present results in the most appropriate form.

Core courses

· Financial information management

· Methods of management enquiry

· Management decision making

· Managing innovative change

· People in organisations

· Research and professional issues in geomatics

· Topics in geomatics.

Optional courses

· Applied GIS

· Directed studies in geomatics

· Engineering surveying

· Further topics in geomatics

· Geodesy and GNSS

· Geospatial data infrastructures and LIS

· Hydrographic surveying

· Internet and mobile GIS

· Population and statistical mapping.


· To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits which may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.

· This is a project chosen by you that will normally either focus on how the management skills you have learned can be applied in geomatics, or the investigation of a geomatics topic.

· The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.

· We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.

· You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

· Integrating GIS & RS for management of palm plantations

· Investigate the potential for using terrestrial laser scanning in managing conservation of the built environment

· The use of GIS is the management of the Glasgow Botanical Gardens

· Assessing the fitness of purpose of geospatial datasets for decision making

· Investigation of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

· Implementing mobile applications for input of cadastral data

· Managing the implementation of geospatial data infrastructures

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have two major research groups: Human Geography Research Group; and Earth Systems Research Group. Many students complete projects related to ongoing research activity in these groups. You can find details of our research at www.glasgow.ac.uk/schools/ges/research/postgraduate/

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences