General programme structure
The programme is split into three periods. In period one you will concentrate on basic hydrographic theory, including education in geodesy, land survey techniques, bathymetric surveying, tides, oceanography, acoustic theory and marine geophysics. A typical programme is 70% lectures/seminars and 30% practicals, either within the laboratory or afloat. All modules in period one are assessed by coursework.
In period two you will specialise in advanced studies within specific combination of modules conforming to the academic requirements of the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres and International Hydrographic Organisation (FIG/IHO). The selection of modules is focussed on industrial expections and potential career requirements for graduates. Within period two, teaching is typically 80% lectures/seminars, 20% practical whilst assessment is 50/50 coursework/formal examination.
During period three you will undertake a self-managed research dissertation under the supervision of an assigned academic. This may comprise a desk study, laboratory experimentation or include field observations, data acquisitions and processing, often using our research vessel.
Modules contributing to the FIG/IHO programme are taught over periods of two and three weeks to permit part-time attendance. Exams are in May of the academic year.
These taught modules can also be taken as part of the four-year Integrated PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences.