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Study Surveying at University of Otago’s School of Surveying

Surveying is a varied and exciting career that has a great indoor/ outdoor balance; it requires design skills, measurement skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to sift through evidence. It is a profession that is in constant demand both in New Zealand and abroad.


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I am pleased to extend a welcome on behalf of New Zealand's only tertiary professional Surveying programme. The overarching goal of the School of Surveying is to provide students with a high quality education that is led by forward looking, innovative research. The strengths of the School lie in the achievements of its staff and students and the national and international recognition of its degree programmes. Graduates of the School work throughout New Zealand and in many countries abroad, where an Otago Surveying qualification is regarded as a hallmark of quality.

My colleagues and I welcome you to take a closer look at the land and the sea around you as you explore Surveying at the University of Otago. If you are applying to Otago for the first time, or thinking about making a switch to Surveying, please read our Advice for first year Surveying students, and do talk with us to find out more

Prof Christina Hulbe

Prof Christina Hulbe
Dean and Head of School

Research at the School

The School of Surveying has a number of broad research theses that include:

The research projects that we are involved with are diverse and encompass a wide range of skills including are measuring the velocity and strain of the tectonic plates that New Zealand straddles to long term sea level change; indigenous rights, land custom property law and resource allocation; sustainable and resilient infrastructure networks; glacier and snow monitoring to wildlife tracking.