MSc/PgDip Surveying and Land/Environmental Management 2017/18 entry

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time Up to 3 years
  • Mining
  • Engineering
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date September


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This is a full-time one-year programme to enable graduates in geography, earth sciences, economics and engineering to train as professional surveyors who have knowledge both of modern land surveying techniques and the principles and application of land and environmental management. Graduate destination statistics show more than 90% of students obtaining related employment.

The programme introduces and develops surveying practice through a module that stretches over both semesters. Other modules provide training in land management, planning, general management and environmental control. In the Easter break there is a fieldtrip where both your surveying skills and environmental/land management knowledge are put to the test as a major case-study. The final part of the programme is a dissertation that can form part of an industrial partnership.

The programme is accredited by both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

Programme structure 2017/18

You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip. You can either study the course full time over a year or part-time over 3 years.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.


A degree from the Camborne School of Mines will give you the practical and vocational skills to pursue a career in related fields, such as mining or exploration. It will also give you a range of broader skills in teamwork, problem solving and communication. We have excellent rates of graduate employment, with many of our postgraduates working abroad after graduation.

Examples of recent graduate destinations:

  • Land Surveyor
  • Mine Surveyor
  • Estates Officer
  • Civil Engineering Surveyor
  • Design and implementation of environmental management systems
  • Land Planning
  • Minerals Planning

The Career Zone (CAS) at our Cornwall Campus provides high-quality careers information and guidance to students of all disciplines. Our experienced careers team can give you individual support whilst you are at the University and after you have graduated.

Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library of reference books, magazines and journals. A new computer suite is also available for accessing online careers information, vacancy services and specialist software on, for example, sources of funding for courses and worldwide volunteering.

The CAS can help you to identify attractive jobs, careers paths and employers and assist with your CV, interview technique and identifying work experience placements.

Professional accreditation

Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

Accredited as meeting the requirements of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Accredited as meeting the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Entry requirements 2017/18

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in Geography, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Engineering, Economics, Archaeology or a similar subject. Candidates with other professional/industrial experience or qualifications will be considered for the PgDip programme, with a view to progressing to the full MSc programme subject to satisfactory performance in the first 120 credits.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding 2017/18

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

MSc fees

  • UK/EU£10,000 full-time; £5,000 part-time (where available)
  • International£21,000 full-time

PgDip fees

  • UK/EU: £6,650 full-time; £3,300 part-time (where available)
  • International: £14,000 full-time, £7,000 part-time (where available)

Pro Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate Scholarship

All international applicants who are holding an offer of a place on selected programmes will automatically be considered for these high-value scholarships of up to £7,500 per year of study.

View our 2016 scholarship recipients welcome event photo gallery »

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Current available funding

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Professional accreditation

The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors