Engineering - Geospatial Engineering

What is... Geospatial Engineering?
The aim of the programme is to prepare innovative graduates to work with high competence, using specialised skills and deep knowledge, as producers, managers and users of geospatial information, at the forefront of developments in domains where geospatial information plays a significant role and in related disciplines.

This is a conversion programme to enable graduates of a related discipline to acquire a qualification in GeoSpatial Engineering at Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Level. The programme is presented within the Spatial Information Sciences in the new School of Surveying and Construction Management in TU Dublin, Bolton Street. A maximum intake of 20 students is planned from different disciplines and backgrounds.

The programme is aimed at deepening the knowledge of graduates who have already obtained degrees in disciplines related to geospatial engineering. Applications are expected from graduates of Engineering, Geography, Science, Geomatics, Archaeology and Information Technology but graduates of other discipline areas are encouraged to apply.

Entry requirements

Conversion Programme

To be admitted to the programme, students should have a minimum of a 2.2 in an honours bachelor degree (level 8 NQAI) or equivalent. Applications from candidates who have an equivalent qualification at honours level (for example, a professional qualification) will also be considered. Prior work or industrial experience is not a pre-requisite for entry on to the course.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

Applications may be considered from candidates who do not have the minimum academic requirements set out above but who do have significant relevant industry experience. In this situation candidates will be interviewed.

Assessment Info

The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: end of term examinations; project work; group work, assignments, and presentations. In addition, students of the MSc will be expected to complete a dissertation.

Subjects taught

Course Content
Geospatial Reference Systems and Coordinate Transformations
Geodetic Surveying including GNSS
Geospatial Data Provision including GNSS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Point Cloud Science including Airborne and Terrestrial laser scanning
Systems and Practise - field and laboratory based
Industrial Work Placement
Research Skills
Project Management
Research Project and Dissertation
Other topics will be available as options - subject to resources


1 Year Full Time
Method of Delivery Classroom

There will be a varied and flexible delivery of the programme including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, project work, e-learning, problem-based learning, guest lectures, seminars, etc. Students are expected to actively contribute to this interactive process. Work placement also forms part of the course.

Calendar - Full-time mode

September to December: Six modules

January to May: Six modules

June to October: Research dissertation

Phases 1 and 2 comprise of taught modules with circa 15 contact hours per week each. During Phase 2, as part of the module MSc. Work Placement, students will also spend time with a company or organisation. Phase 3 consists of one mandatory module, Dissertation. This phase will commence in June immediately on completion of the formal assessment of Phase 2.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date 01/09/2020

Location City Centre: Bolton Street

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
The MSc in Geospatial Engineering is a unique NFQ level 9 course in Ireland, it underpins the needs of a wide range of disciplines in the Built Environment and Engineering where the accuracy and connectivity of spatial data is key to survey related workflows. It is expected that graduates of the programme will find employment in a wide range of disciplines involved in the acquisition, manipulation and management of geospatial data.

The domains of application of geospatial information relevant to this programme include:
Architecture, Engineering, Construction
Geospatial location - national spatial data
Spatial Management of Information
Spatial Management of Land
Hydrographic Surveying
Earth Observation
Cultural Heritage

These domains, while related and overlapping, will expose the successful graduate to a variety of requirements, players, regulatory frameworks, practices and problems. This programme prepares the graduate to act at wide, and possibly unpredictable, professional levels and within ill-defined contexts.

The programme is seeking accreditation from the following professional bodies:

Irish Institution of Surveyors (IIS)
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)
Engineers Ireland (IEI)
Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES)

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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