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PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Satellite geodesy

GPS and geophysical modelling; GPS/GNSS geodesy; precise orbit determination of altimetric and geodetic satellites; sea level; ice sheet mass balance; satellite altimetry; static and temporal gravity field and reference frame analyses from dedicated satellite missions; SAR interferometry; geophysical and industrial deformation monitoring; geodynamics and geohazards; integration of GPS and INS; and engineering geodesy.

Geospatial Engineering

Geoinformatics and advanced GIS; geospatial algorithm development; spatial modelling including network modelling, cellular automata and agent based approaches to spatial complexity; multimedia cartography and information delivery; temporal GIS; geospatial data management; airborne and satellite remote sensing applied to environmental impact assessment; land use, vegetation and pollution monitoring; Earth observation of urban systems; photogrammetry; laser scanning; and precise non-contact dimensional control.

Please contact us or see our website for more details, including recent work and specific projects available.


You will be matched with research-active academics, who will provide advice and support throughout your research project. The first three months of study involve quite intensive theoretical and practical tuition to ensure that you have the study skills to plan your project and can use the equipment and software related to your research. You will be encouraged to attend our weekly research seminar series and to present your work at our annual postgraduate research conference, group seminars and relevant international conferences.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development and hosts postgraduate events.


An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, such as geomatics, surveying, mathematics physics, earth/environmental science, engineering, computing/IT or physical geography.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally require IELTS 6.5, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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