MSc Engineering Surveying


Program Description

With the continuous demands of the construction world and the development of infrastructure to support communication, utilities and transport there is a need for the expertise of the engineering surveyor.

The specialist skills and knowledge of the engineering surveyor are often needed from the initial planning stages right through the construction stage to the end of a project. The role of the engineering surveyor does not stop then, as monitoring for the short or long term movement or deformation of infrastructure, buildings or ground may be needed for safety or other purposes

This course has developed from the previously successful MSc courses offered at the University of Nottingham in the fields of surveying, geodesy and more generally geomatics.

Key facts

  • The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • The department has extensive links with industrial sponsors and other organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Our research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK industrial and commercial companies, UK government departments, charities and the European Union.

Course details

The course will offer an opportunity for students to study modern ground, mobile and airborne engineering surveying techniques. Satellite-basedpositioning techniques and the sciences and technologies of remote measurement including photogrammetry, total stations and laser scanning, are still developing rapidly.

These primary data collection techniques with supporting subjects such as aspects of geodesy all form part of this course. The generation of traditional map information as well as 3D surface models and landscapes are covered. The course introduces data and information management, data integration and fusion, spatial analysis and visualisation through CAD, BIM and GIS, and a range of modelling methods and softwares.

This 12 month course provides the opportunity to develop a knowledge and in-depth of understanding of engineering surveying practice and underpinning theory. Students will have an opportunity to develop practical skills, experience and a deeper understanding of the subject through some major practical tasks and modules.


Compulsory modules

A total of 120 credits of taught modules are studied in Autumn and Spring semesters and a research project of 60 credits is undertaken in the summer period.

A student may not retake a module they have studied at Nottingham on a previous course. Substitute modules to be agreed with the Course Director.

  • Civil Engineering Research Project (summer): 60 credits
  • Civil Engineering Research Project Preparation (spring): 20 credits
  • Portfolio of Engineering Surveying (full year): 40 credits
  • Engineering and Deformation Surveying and Practical (spring): 20 credits
  • Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS (autumn); 10 credits
  • Mapping for Engineering Surveying and GIS Practical (autumn): 10 credits
  • Satellite-Based Positioning and Practical (autumn): 20 credits

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Students will graduate with the skills to take on or develop a technical, managerial or advisory role. Graduate destinations from the original MSc courses have included: the Armed Forces, EADS-Astrium, Fugro, Jacobs, Logica CMG, QinetiQ, and Thales Group.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers*and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (Upper 2nd class Hons degree or international equivalent)
  • Other requirements: Applicants should have A-level mathematics or equivalent
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.0 in any element)
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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