MSc Engineering Surverying and Geodesy

Introduction to the Program

The Master’s in Engineering Surverying and Geodesy at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is a one or two year postgraduate degree program taught in English.

About UNNC

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with cooperation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

The University of Nottingham is in the top one percent of more than 7,500 higher education institutions worldwide and league tables consistently rank the University highly. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

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. This course provides students with the ability to appreciate and apply state of the art engineering surveying techniques within apractical context. The course includes the principles behind 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.

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 will develop:

  • The ability to apply their skills directly within the surveying industry
  • The ability to react quickly to new technologies and innovations
  • The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by means of presentations to groups
  • The ability to exercise original thought
  • The ability to plan and undertake an individual project
  • Tnterpersonal, communication and professional skills

Course Structure

The course consists of 120 credits of core and optional taught modules along with a 60 credit major individual research-based project undertaken over the summer term. It also available as a Postgraduate Diploma which covers the same taught modules but does not undertake the research project. Please be aware modules are subject to change.

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

Core Modules

Autumn Semester

  • Fundamentals of Satellite Positioning¬†¬†¬†¬† 15 credits
  • Analytical Methods¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 15 credits
  • Geodetic Reference Systems¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 15 credits
  • Physical Geodesy¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†15 credits

Spring Semester

  • Advanced Satellite Positioning¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 15 credits
  • Engineering Surveying¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 15 credits
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing¬†¬†¬† 15 credits
  • Practical Field Course¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 15 credits

The finale of the taught aspect of the course is the surveying field course, which brings together all the taught aspects through a week long series of practical tasks.

Individual Project

Once you have completed the modules, you will undertake a supervised research project over the summer term. Students receive dedicated supervision from staff members. This is a key component of the degree, affording students the opportunity to conduct independent research which maybe related to their employment.
Previous research projects have included:

  • Deformation monitoring of the Forth Road Bridge using GPS
  • Laser scanning and photogrammetry for forest and woodland surveys
  • Testing of a new small format integrated sensor airborne mapping system

Premaster Programme

The Premaster Programme is part of the Two-year Postgraduate Programme. It is designed for those students who have not reached the language level required to enter postgraduate degree programmes directly, and its overall aim is to help these students succeeded in their future studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. It equips students with the language and study skills that they need to manage their studies independently, so that they can meet the demands of their academic courses.

Entry Requirements

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

English language requirements are:


  • IELTS 5.5 with the writing band no less than 5.0 or
  • TOEFL (paper based) 525 + TWE no less than 4.0 or
  • TOEFL (computer based) 196 + TWE no less than 4.0
  • TOEFL (IBT) 71 (no less than 17 in any element)


  • IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 in any element or
  • TOEFL (paper based) score of at least 550 + TWE no less than 4.0 or
  • TOEFL (Computer based) score of at least 210 + TWE no less than 4.0 or
  • TOEFL (IBT) 79 (minimum 17 in any element)

Start Date of the program


Application Deadline

15th July

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the 1 year masters program is RMB90000. The tuition fees for the 2 year masters program is RMB80000 per year. The total for the 2 year program is 160000 RMB.


The University has several buildings designated for international students, building 11, 18 and 20. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped with air conditioning and a telephone and computer point; enabling students to make and receive telephone calls and access the University’s data network from their bedrooms. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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