Master of Science in Land Survey Engineering Technology

The Land Survey Engineering Technology curriculum contains civil engineering course units as well as land survey course units like geographical positioning, hydrography and GIS. You will learn how to collect and process data in order to make maps and plans using specific software.

Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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A Land Survey Engineering Technology graduate (in Dutch: industrieel ingenieur gespecialiseerd in landmeten) combines a specialization in land surveying with a solid basis in civil engineering technology. You will learn how to collect, analyse and model data to make precise maps, plans and 3D models. The use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) you are able to combine spatial data into tools for policy support. Moreover, we introduce you to state-of-the-art topographical measuring equipment like total stations, GNSS and 3D laser scanning. We involve you in ongoing research and introduce you to everyday practice by means of company visits, the work placement, study trips abroad, seminars and study days. Your Master's dissertation can either take the form of a collaboration with the industry or be part of ongoing research.

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The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


Our Master's programme in Land Survey Engineering Technology is a continuation of the academic Bachelor’s programme in Civil Engineering. The curriculum offers a solid basis of civil engineering and legislation in addition to geographical positioning and mapping through traditional methods and satellite positioning, bathymetry, photogrammetry and 3D laser scanning. You learn to process the data collected during field work using specialized software. We also offer you a solid basis of modern informatics and CAD techniques, and you learn how to make policy-supporting analyses using GIS. You apply this knowledge to realize your projects.

You will invest a lot of time and energy in finishing your Master's dissertation: this is a written report of your own research (a review of the literature, field work, source analysis, empiric research, etc.) on a specific issue or situation. Your academic-scientific mindset is not the only important element. We also focus on preparing you for practice by means of a mandatory work placement. This introduces you to the various aspects of company life. Every year, a number of Land Survey Engineering Technology students embark on a work placement abroad (at the Panama Canal, in Argentina, Australia, China, ...).

Labour Market

Whether you are an outdoors person, or prefer to work from your computer, or a combination of both, there is a great variety of job opportunities for Civil Engineering Technology graduates, in the public as well as the private sector. You may find employment as a site supervisor or land surveyor at contractors of road infrastructure and large construction projects, at the Land Registry Office (either in internal or external services), at semi-public services (such as the Vlaamse Landmaatschappij/VLM), Agentschap voor Geografische Informatie Vlaanderen/AGIV, the National Geographic Institute/NGI,...) and government agencies, survey bureaus, utility companies, banks, ...

You are qualified to become a self-employed surveyor expert to perform boundary surveys and estimates of real estate, to draw up expropriation and allotment dossiers, to function as an expert commissioned by courts, banks, real estate offices, ... . If you are an adventurer, you might even consider taking a job at a dredging company or sign up for excavation works at an archaeological site abroad.

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