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Surveying and Land Management

MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)

Career opportunities are very promising for engineers in land surveying and management in a near future. During the next few years, companies in Sweden will need up to 200 engineers every year. About half of these will find employment in private companies but national and local authorities will also employ many of these graduates. Some graduate students will seek employment abroad for periods of various length.

The programme

The programme in Surveying and Land Management in Lund offers a broad education including both engineering and social sciences. The courses include engineering subjects such as mathematics, GIS and computer programming, as well economics and real estate legislation, applied to the registration of property, land development and property management.

Areas of specialisation

Geographic Information Technology (GIS)
The areas of geographic information systems (GIS), geomatics and geodesy are the core of this specialisation. There are also courses in advanced database technology and mathematical applications. A graduate with this area of specialisation can work on the development of GIS applications and the introduction of GIS into various kinds of activities, e.g. urban planning, mobile telephony and Internet applications.

Property development
Property development includes a range of subjects, including construction engineering, property management and real estate economics. The courses given reflect the areas relevant for engineers working as property managers, land developers, or contractors. The specialisation in property development provides the student with the skills needed to solve complex problems in the analysis of real estate and real estate companies in connection with land development, construction and facility management. The analysis is based on the application of financial methods, economic theory and methods, and knowledge in engineering, management, legislation and statistics.

Real estate law
The aim of this area of specialisation is to provide the student with knowledge on how to deal with real estate in an integrated way, including legislation, economics, engineering, planning and the environment. It is also intended to provide the student with the skills required for land development and real estate management. Graduates will also have the knowledge required in real estate legislation to work independently at an advanced level, for example, cadastral development, urban and rural land development.

The property market
This area of specialisation is directed towards students interested in combining mathematical statistics and economics in order to analyse the property market. This specialisation provides students with leading-edge competence in the evaluation of property with regard to profit and risks. Apart from direct investments in property and property portfolios, it also includes indirect investments in various so-called derivative products associated with the world of property. Knowledge on the assessment of the profits and risks involved in these products will doubtless be in great demand as the number of products increases and they become more widely available.

Urban development
Urban development and infrastructure is an area of specialisation within land development and urban planning. Several of the courses are studied together with students of civil engineering and architecture. This area of specialisation gives students the opportunity to work in planning and land development, above all, for local authorities and consultants with various clients. Job opportunities are also available at the national authorities in housing, building and physical planning, or county administrative boards.

Danish Land Surveyor (a Danish qualification)
LTH has a double-degree agreement with Aalborg University in Denmark. This means that students study at LTH and Aalborg University, in Aalborg or at its local branch in Northern Copenhagen, in order to obtain degrees from both universities. This gives the student the opportunity to work in the Danish market as a so-called landsinspektør (private Danish land surveyor). The basic idea is that the first three years are spent in Sweden (or Denmark for Danes), followed by 18 months in Denmark. The degree project (6 months) is carried out in collaboration between the two universities. Teaching is in Danish, but some of the literature is in English. It is also possible to commence studies in Denmark and complete them in Sweden.