Taught course

Geomatics & Management

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

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.

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?

  • The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 28th in the world (QS World Rankings 2016).
  • 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.
  • The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • 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*.

    *For suitably qualified candidates

Programme Structure

Semester 1 – 60 credits in Management

  • Contemporary issues in human resource management MGT5210 (10 credits)
  • Managing creativity and innovation MGT5213 (10 credits)
  • Managing strategic change MGT5216 (10 credits)
  • Marketing management MGT5219 (10 credits)
  • Operations management MGT5222 (10 credits)
  • Project management MGT225 (10 credits)

Semester 2 – 60 credits in Geomatics

  • Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021(10 credits)

50 credits from:

  • Applied GIS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
  • Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098 (10 credits)
  • Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099 (10 credits)
  • Directed Studies in Geomatics GEOG5006 (10 credits)
  • Engineering Surveying GEOG5007 (10 credits)
  • Geodesy & GNSS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
  • Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)
  • Geovisualisation & Map Use GEOG5026 (10 credits)
  • Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014 (10 credits)
  • Internet & Mobile GIS GEOG5015 (10 credits)
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment GEOG5056 (10 credits)

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors and there are lots of possibilities for those with Surveying and Mapping skills. Positions include GIS specialist, ranging from support in large corporations (banking, insurance, retail), environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies, or mapping specialist with software house or geoinformation data provider. There is currently a very high demand for surveyors, especially in hydrographic survey, in support of offshore oil and renewable energy engineering and maintenance. In addition to the offshore energy industry, land surveyors are in demand in many parts of the world to support mining operations, major civil engineering projects and to provide surveying services for Land Registration.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

  • Assistant Surveyor General at Dept of Surveys, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Malawi
  • Regional Surveyor General at Dept of Surveys, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Malawi
  • Surveyor at Rudan Engineering Ltd, Ghana
  • Surveyor at KACST, Saudi Arabia
  • Surveyor at Environmental Sciences Group Pelorus Surveys
  • Senior Surveyor at North Ayrshire Council
  • Surveyor at Line Surveys Transmission Consultancy

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£10200
International students
£19500

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Email
ges-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk