Advanced Nautical Science for Hydrography


This module will allow the student to review the historical and professional framework for hydrographic surveying, and develop an in depth understanding of the effects on survey of ship motion and behaviour. A comprehensive treatment of Earth observation and remote sensing is augmented by support for study and research skills.

Includes lectures in
  • Research Methods
  • Earth Observation
  • Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Survey Platforms
  • Ship Stability
  • Nautical Charts
  • Types of Hydrographic Surveys

Key skills learned

  • Systematic knowledge of the aspects of charting and navigation relevant to the hydrographic surveyor
  • In depth knowledge of the elements of Earth observation and satellite remote sensing relevant to the advanced survey practice
  • Ability to evaluate and predict the behaviour of floating platforms at sea, and predict the effects on survey activities
  • Study and research skills necessary to undertake a programme of postgraduate study successfully



13 weeks part-time study


20 transferable credits at academic level 7


Coursework only (Personal Development Portfolio) submitted on week 6 (1st coursework) and week 13 (2nd coursework).