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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 DIT Bolton Street. A maximum intake of 20 students is planned from different disciplines and backgrounds.

Who Should Apply?
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

To be admitted to the programme, students should have a minimum of a 2.2 in an honours 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.

Non EU applicants must have documentary proof of Irish residency or an Irish work permit to be eligible to apply for the programme. Full-Time applicants are required to produce a valid student study visa and evidence of the minimum English proficiency requirement for overseas applicants, by meeting a minimum requirement of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

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.


Full Time: The programme is delivered over three 15-week phases for a total duration of 1 year

Calendar - Full-time mode

September to December: Six modules

January to May: Six modules

June to October: Research dissertation

Careers or further progression

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)

Further enquiries

Dr Eugene McGovern
School of Surveying and Construction Management
College of Engineering & Built Environment
DIT Bolton Street,
Dublin 1

T: 01.402 3731

Subjects taught

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


Programme Delivery
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.

Timetable / Hours:
In full-time mode, each phase is completed over a 15-week semester. 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.

In part-time mode, students are expected to complete a mixture of Phase 1 and Phase 2 modules in each of two academic years. As above, phase 3 consists of one mandatory module, Dissertation. This phase will commence in June immediately on completion of the formal assessment of Phase 2. The programme committee will, where practical, try to ensure that the attendance requirements for part-time students are flexible and condensed into one day per week.

An MSc in Geo Spatial Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology will be awarded to participants who also successfully pass the dissertation. Students, who do not wish to, or are unable to, complete the dissertation module, have the option of completing only the taught modules of Phases 1 and 2 for a Postgraduate Diploma award. They may apply at a later stage to return for completion of the dissertation in a subsequent academic year.

School of Surveying and Construction Management, College of Engineering and Built Environment, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

Assessment method

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date - Contact college for next start date
Programme Code: DT9415 (FT)

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