University of East London

BSc (Hons) Surveying and Mapping Sciences

Surveyors are in high demand, and this course will give you the skills to take advantage of a worldwide employment market.

We have superb links with the industry and run a regular programme of guest speakers. You'll also visit major projects in London - one of the world's most dynamic construction areas.

You'll undertake a 50-50 split of academic and practical work. This will involve fieldwork projects, including a residential scheme, and classroom and laboratory exercises.

You'll also be able to apply for student membership of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors - an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education and training of surveyors working in civil engineering.

Surveying involves the precise measurement of spatial data - information that's crucial to a huge range of construction projects, on land and offshore.

On large building projects, surveyors are the first on-site to establish the basic measurements and the last to leave, checking everything is in the right place.

Entry Requirements


96 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

This course has a superb record in getting graduates into employment. Likely UK destinations include the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Thames Water and local authorities.

The emphasis placed internationally on precision measurement of boundaries in property sales means surveyors are hugely valued worldwide.  Many overseas students who graduate from this course return home to work in their government land survey departments.

Other graduates have moved into UK companies specialising in surveying land for new houses or roads.

The course is also a route into forensic surveying, which establishes precise data for use in court cases. You might be involved in checking measurements following a serious road accident, or attending a serious crime scene, such as the aftermath of bomb explosion.

Your knowledge of hydrographic surveying will equip you for worldwide employment opportunities in the fields of offshore gas and oil exploration. These skills are also required for tasks such as searching for aircraft which have disappeared over the ocean. The search in the Pacific for a missing Malaysian Airlines plane in 2014 involved hydrographic surveyors.

Recent UEL graduates in Surveying and Mapping Sciences have gone on to land jobs with FUGRO, Plowman Craven, Ordnance Survey, Scopus, Survey Solutions and Crossrail.

Course Details

You'll learn the techniques required to produce the reliable spatial data on which all construction tasks depend.

You won't just be measuring. You'll be analysing data, presenting it and managing it. And of course re-measuring… just to be sure.

The course involves a range of ways to map geographical features. You'll learn about land surveying and geodesy, which involves taking into account the earth's curvature when you are measuring large areas.

Other fields of study will involve photogrammetry – the science of making measurements from photographs – laser scanning, remote sensing, and hydrographic surveying, typically investigating the seabed.

We'll also introduce you to cadastral surveying, which combines technical and legal knowledge to establish boundaries.

The modules you'll take include land and construction surveying, legal and regulatory framework, computer programming, data acquisition and 3D modelling, engineering surveying and sea surveying.

All match the required standards of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
The Built Environment
Construction Technology
Land and Construction Surveying
Analytical Skills in Built Environment
GIS & Mapping

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Contract Procedures
Engineering Surveying
Ground Engineering
3D Data Modelling and Analysis
GNSS & Reference Systems
Employment Internship

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Capstone Project
Land Law and Registration
Professional Geospatial Practice
Sea Surveying

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