PhD Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy


Program Description

The research involved can cover a range of disciplines including geospatial engineering and monitoring; photogrammetry and remote sensing; the technology and applications of satellite navigation systems, such as GPS and Galileo; integrated positioning technology; environmental and atmospheric monitoring; physical and space geodesy.

This PhD is based within the Nottingham Geospatial Institute(NGI).

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years.


NGI is a leading cross-disciplinary research, that teaches spatial and location-based science and engineering, using the technologies of satellite positioning, remote measurement systems and integrated sensor technologies.

NGI is housed in a purpose built facility with a wide range of modern equipment, enabling access to the latest technologies and engagement with leading edge research, in for example:

  • GNSS
  • integrated sensors
  • photogrammetry and laser scanning
  • location based services
  • remote sensing
  • deformation monitoring
  • geospatial engineering and intelligence
  • spatial data infrastructure
  • ubiquitous positioning and autonomous systems

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors.

We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance.

The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
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