Bachelor of Surveying at The University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Surveying at The University of Newcastle

Our Bachelor of Surveying degree is designed to train surveyors capable of meeting the biggest global surveying and town planning challenges. As a surveyor you could work as a geodesist analysing polar motion and measuring the movements of the earth’s crust. You might be involved in preparation for the building of a new tunnel. Or you could work with local government, mapping flood areas and contributing to disaster preparedness.

What is surveying?

When you study Surveying you will specialise your degree in the measurement, management, analysis and display of spatial information describing the Earth and its physical features. Through a range of courses you will learn to work on the local and global scale, on projects as diverse as the planning of local facilities, to the prediction of earthquakes and mapping of the ocean floor.

Awarding Body

The University of Newcastle


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start Date

February and July

Study Mode

On Campus

  • Real-world insights: Connect with the surveying and town planning industries through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Be workplace ready: Graduates gave us a 91% satisfaction rating for workplace ready skills. In 2017, 90% of graduates were employed within 4 months.
  • Flexible degree programs: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship. Use these to diversify your surveying degree!
  • We’re No.1 in NSW for overall quality of the educational experience, teaching quality and student support.

Build critical surveying, technical and engineering skills by studying courses in:

  • modern surveying techniques and computations
  • cadastral surveying
  • geodesy
  • industrial surveying
  • photogrammetry and laser scanning
  • satellite positioning
  • spatial data systems and remote sensing
  • legal systems and processes for land management
  • town planning
  • hydrology and water engineering

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world surveying problems. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.

Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You’ll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.

Diversify your skills with an elective pathway, a cluster of courses which can be used to:

  • deepen your technical competence in your engineering field
  • broaden your expertise in another area of engineering
  • specialise your skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
  • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

Surveyors are involved in the planning of almost all development and mapping of the land and earth. A shortage of surveyors in Australia means employment will be easy to find. Surveyors work in consultancies, private practice, the mining industry and government organisations.

Surveying is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, office-based computation and computer drafting, research, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • registered land surveyor
  • engineering surveyor
  • mining surveyor
  • hydrographic surveyor
  • town planning
  • geospatial specialist
  • geodesist
  • photogrammetrist
  • geographic information systems specialist

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