Frequently Asked Questions, and answers, about our Geomatics Application Requirements.
Do I need geography to do Geomatics?
No, you do not need geography. You need to have English, mathematics and physical science plus three other subjects
Is there fieldwork required during your studies in Geomatics?
The courses given in the Geomatics programme comprise lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, computation sessions, and practical fieldwork. The practical fieldwork is done in the first, second and third year, and in the fourth year you attend a camp.
Does Geomatics have a fixed programme, or can you choose electives?
There are two streams in the Geomatics programme: Surveying and Geoinformatics. If a first-year student is considering the Geoinformatics stream, then certain first- and second-year courses must be taken to allow that option. Course advice is given at registration, but students should think about whether to take environmental and geographical science or computer science to third-year level, as these options will affect the choice of second semester courses in the first year. These can be changed up until the first week of the second semester (July).
Are there bursaries available to study Geomatics?
Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Bursaries: The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development offers bursaries to students who are South African citizens to study in a range of geomatics qualifications including our BSc in Geomatics (all streams, four-year or five-year programmes). Applicants will be expected to enter into a contract with the Department. The bursary is for a full programme, but annually renewable based on performance. It covers academic fees (including registration, tuition and examination fees), book allowance, meal allowance, accommodation allowance (residential fees if applicable), and living allowance, as would be set out in the agreement.
What are the employment opportunities?
The Geomatics degree from UCT is recognised worldwide and you may have the option of working indoors or outdoors. There is a shortage of professionals in surveying and geoinformation science, both in South Africa and abroad resulting in good employment prospects.
Career opportunities exist in consulting firms, aerial surveying companies, offshore surveying companies, mining houses and in government.