MSc Hydrography

General information

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.

MSc Hydrography

Hydrography is the branch of marine science concerned with the measurement, description and depiction of the shape and characteristics of the seabed. Scientific knowledge and the ability to determine position underpins the movement of world trade, maintenance and development of ports, offshore renewables, safe navigation and exploration of energy and minerals. Core skills learnt upon the programme underpin these industries.

Programme overview

Period 1: an intensive 15 week programme of classroom learning and field activities prepare you for the technical aspects of surveying and the research required in master’s study. 70 per cent lectures/seminars and 30 per cent practical, either within the laboratory or afloat. 

Period 2: specialise in advanced studies with a combination of the Digital Mapping and Survey Project Management modules, conforming to the academic requirements of the FIG/IHO Surveying Courses Board as Category A. Modules are selected based on industrial expectations and potential career requirements. 80 per cent lectures/seminars, 20 per cent practical. Assessment is 50/50 coursework and formal examination for core modules, continuous for the one optional module.

Period 3: undertake a self-managed final dissertation, supervised by an assigned academic. May comprise a desk study, laboratory experimentation, field observations, data acquisitions and processing.

Core modules

  • Acoustic and Oceanographic Surveying
  • Digital Mapping
  • Hydrography
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Survey Project Management

Optional modules

  • Coastal Erosion and Protection
  • Economics of the Marine Environment
  • Managing Marine Ecosystems
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
Contact Person: (admissions@plymouth.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0731 - Marine spatial planning

Venue

Venue: Plymouth University
Plymouth, United Kingdom

School of Marine Science and Engineering
Smeaton building, Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Application


Cost:
2019 UK/EU International Islands
Full-time £9.500 £14.400 To be advised
Part-time per 10 credits £550  £550 To be advised

 

2020 UK/EU International Islands
Full-time £9.800 £14.800 To be advised
Part-time per 10 credits £550  £550 To be advised

Prerequisites:

You will need a 2:1 or above degree in survey, technology or science. You may still be acceptable without recent formal qualifications - 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 the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.


Application Procedure:

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September, with some January starts also available. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:

  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.

If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Grant Opportunities:

Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for masters study. The new Postgraduate Loan for masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. As part of a new government funded masters loan scheme, masters students who are under the age of 60 can now access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas (excluding PGCE, PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes or ResM). Find out more information on the new postgraduate loan.

Scholarships are available for international students.


Regulations:

Accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

Period 1: continual assessment is or by coursework.
Period 2: 50/50 coursework and formal examination for core modules, continuous for the one optional module.


Qualification: Master of Science
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