Taught course

Hydrography

Institution
University of Plymouth · Faculty of Science and Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

  • You will need a 2:1 or above degree in survey, technology or science. Other qualifications with relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis; please contact the admissions tutor to enquire about your suitability.
  • If you are interested in following the programme on a part-time basis you're encouraged to contact the programme leader.
  • If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with Ecctis, who provide an advisory service.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Measuring, describing and depicting the seabed is crucial to the maintenance and development of ports, safe navigation, offshore renewables and the continuing search for hydrocarbons. Yet there is an international shortage of hydrographic surveyors. Seize this opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the science and technology of hydrography, experiencing the latest methods and equipment involved in exploring and managing the seabed whilst preparing for a career in this growth area.

  • Graduate from a course that spans a range of disciplines and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
  • Work towards developing your own professional hydrographic competencies through engaging with our International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) industry supported competency scheme.
  • Study with the ocean right on your doorstep in our waterfront city. Benefit from the practical research opportunities and links to international marine businesses this brings, as well as access to the University’s specialist Marine Institute and the active South West Hydrographic community who actively support the course including Valeport, Fugro and Sonardyne.
  • Study aboard the University’s fleet of hydrographic research vessels and develop hands-on experience in state-of-the-art and progressive survey techniques including a variety of methods of data collection.
  • Develop your expertise in a broad range of industry standard software including data processing, visualisation, analysis and developing programming skills in our specialist hydrographic processing suite.
  • Prepare yourself on a commercially focused programme that has been developed in response to industry requirements and an expressed commercial need. Progress to a career in hydrographic research and development, port, nearshore and offshore surveying or environmental support and management.
  • Learn to use equipment on aerial, surface and subsurface platforms including GNSS positioning, acoustic mapping and positioning (e.g. single beam, multibeam, sidescan sonar, USBL), oceanographic survey (e.g. ADCP), aerial survey (e.g. photogrammetry) and geophysical survey (e.g. subbottom assessment).
  • Take the opportunity to engage with recent technological developments in autonomous and remotely operated surveying techniques through specialist industry-led workshops and our own fleet of remotely operated and autonomous vehicles.
  • Engage in debates around the wider aspects of hydrography and the implications for data capture, data management, processing and information systems including participating within our affiliated societies e.g. the Hydrographic Society and the Society for Underwater Technology.

Information for international students

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element).

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,950
International students
£16,200

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

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Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1752 585858