Surveying and mapping uses state-of-the-art technology and mathematical-based analysis to study the built and natural environments.
At a Glance
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A Levels: ABB
IB: 34 points
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This allows us to go beyond simply observing the world around us, to collecting and analysing data about it.
This professionally accredited degree focuses on the science, technology and maths behind map making and coordinate systems.
It spans geography, science, mathematics and ICT and will appeal to students with an interest in engineering, technology and the environment.
There is a large market for expertise in this area and graduates of this degree are in demand, with excellent employment prospects.
Highlights of this degree
Professional accreditationProfessional accreditation
This degree is accredited by:
- the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and,
- the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)
This means that you graduate with a degree that meets the standards set by the industry.
Newcastle is unique in the UK in having this dual accreditation for its geomatics degrees.
What you will studyWhat you will study
This degree is very hands on, with plenty of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art equipment from your first year.
You are introduced to the subject area through outdoor and computer-based practical work and learn a wide range of geographic techniques such as:
- engineering surveying
- 3D laser scanning
- mobile map-making
In your final year, advanced specialist modules - like law and land use, and geohazards - prepare you for your future career.
The application of the data we collect about the world around us is huge, from using lasers to make 3D models of buildings for construction projects, to using satellite positioning to model environmental changes.
This combination of practical skills and specialist knowledge makes our graduates attractive to employers.
Our graduates work all over the world in a range of organisations, including:
- specialist land, air and offshore mapping
- government agencies
- cartographic publishers
- engineering companies
You will take part in regular practicals in and around Newcastle, as well as having opportunities to attend residential field courses.
In Stage 1 you attend a residential field course in the Lake District where your task will be to map the Borrowdale Valley.
At Stage 2 you visit organisations where surveying, mapping and GIS are being used, for example, the British Antarctic Survey or British Geological Survey.
In Stage 3 you participate in an eight-day Advanced Survey fieldcourse, which will draw on study material from Stages 1 and 2 to introduce you to a real-world surveying problem. This will give you the chance to test your skills in precise monitoring, control, data capture and road design.
Strong industry linksStrong industry links
Newcastle has strong industry links with a variety of companies in the land survey, offshore survey and GIS sectors. This is reflected in the availability of work placements and sponsorship opportunities for our students.
Graduates from our degree are highly sought after by industry:
- our employment and further study rate has averaged 98% over the last three years
- in 2013, graduates' average salary was £34,000
(Destination of Leavers of Higher Education surveys 2012