Taught course

Engineering Surveying and Geodesy

University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus · University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus

Entry requirements

Applicants are usually required to have a 2.1 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) for the MSc, in a relevant discipline, for example science, engineering or mathematics. Other qualifications and/or extensive professional experience may also be accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is designed for students who wish to develop the understanding and working knowledge of the principles and applications of a variety of surveying devices and techniques.

Versions of this MSc have been running at the University of Nottingham, UK for almost 20 years. This course runs entirely at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), providing students with the ability to appreciate and apply state-of-the-art engineering surveying techniques within a practical context. It includes the principles underpinning surveying, such as reference systems and geodesy, as well as the techniques and equipment used in engineering surveying, photogrammetry and satellite positioning systems such as GPS. UNNC is located in an excellent GNSS coverage area, from which both BeidouI+II/Compass and QZSS satellites can be observed.

In addition to the formal part of the course, we run practical classes that allow students to see and learn how to use and operate a very wide variety of state-of-the-art surveying equipment and software, including laser scanners, servo driven total stations, RTK and Network RTK GPS, digital and analogue photogrammetry, LiDAR, SAR and InSAR.

Students studying this course will be develop the ability to:

  • apply their skills directly within the surveying industry
  • react quickly to new technologies and innovations
  • communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and through making presentations to groups
  • exercise original thought, as well as gain interpersonal, communication and professional skills
  • plan and undertake an individual project

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

For more information, please see here.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English or whose entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English. English language requirements are:


  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.0 in any element or
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51)

For further details, please contact the Admissions Office.

Fees and funding

UK students
CNY 90,000
International students
CNY 90,000

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Lawrence Lau