Hydrographic Survey Practice & Management


Hydrographic Survey Practice & Management aims to provide students with the competences necessary to plan and specify a hydrographic survey, paying due regard to the relevant legal and advisory frameworks, including Law of the Sea, UNCLOS, and guiding paradigms included in Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Students will also study further research methods and data management, including essential management and leadership relevant to hydrographic surveyors.

Includes lectures in
  • Applied Marine Conservation
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Law of the Sea
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Survey Standards and Specifications
  • Tender Documentation
  • Standard Contracts
  • Survey Planning
  • Project and Time Management

Key skills learned

  • Ability to evaluate the application of relevant legal and advisory frameworks to the planning and conduct of hydrographic surveys
  • Specifying and planning a hydrographic survey, producing the appropriate documentation to required standards
  • Ability to select and appraise the leadership and management theories necessary to manage hydrographic survey operations effectively
  • Effective management of hydrographic data using a variety of ICT based tools



13 weeks part-time study


20 transferable credits at academic level 7


Coursework only (Personal Development Portfolio) submitted on week 13.