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Course Information and Fees

(Replaced by Diploma in Geomatics.

national diploma

(Replaced by Diploma in Geomatics.

ND: (national diploma)

The course equips students with theoretical and practical geomatics knowledge and skills, relevant to the needs of industry and society at large. Graduates of this programme will have the competence to apply basic surveying skills and to register as surveying technicians.

Surveying (or geomatics) is the science of surveying (measuring) and mapping the face of the earth. Mapping forms the foundation of physical planning and land development. A surveyor is responsible for the collection, representation, analysis, management, retrieval and modelling of spatial data (natural and man-made features on the earth). It involves fieldwork for data capturing and computer data processing.

  • Topographical surveying: determines the positions of natural and man-made features on the earth, and is used for planning and land development.
  • Engineering surveying: the surveys required to control and monitor the building of roads, bridges, tunnels and structures.
  • Photogrammetry: mapping from aerial photographs and compiling 3 dimensional digital terrain models of the earth.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS): spatial data acquisition, analysis and management.
  • Cadastral surveying: marking property boundaries and relocating them.
  • Hydrographic surveying: mapping of the seabed and coastlines.

  • Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
    To be able to survey, collect and present spatial data in different forms, and set out and control positions of structures on the ground of basic engineering works.

    Career Opportunities
    Surveyors can practice privately or may be employed by government departments, land surveying firms or municipalities. A surveyor may specialise in different areas such as engineering surveying, photogrammetry or cadastral surveying.

    Admission requirements


    For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

    General admission requirements

    Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

    Additional admission requirements


    For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

    Postgraduate admission requirements

    Professional Registration
    The ND: Surveying is accredited by South African Council for Professional and Technical Surveyors (PLATO). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements for registration and may after completion of a trial survey apply for registration as a Survey Technician. After an additional three years, a person may apply to be registered as a Surveyor.

    Syllabus and fees
    (Replaced by Diploma in Geomatics.

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    First Year

    Compulsory subject(s):
    Semester 1 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    Semester 2 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    15600 ZAR
    (Replaced by Diploma in Geomatics.

    (Second Year)"/>

    Second Year

    Compulsory subject(s):
    4460 ZAR
    (Replaced by Diploma in Geomatics.

    (Third Year)"/>

    Third Year

    Semester 1 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    Semester 2 Only
    Compulsory subject(s):
    30950 ZAR
    Offering Type and Duration
    Full-Time / Three years, including one year experiential learning

    Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

    For any queries get in touch with:

    Contact: Ms N Makengo - Departmental Queries
    Telephone: +27 21 959 6206
    Fax: N/A

    Contact: Ms Z Rawoot - Faculty Office
    Telephone: +27 21 953 8729
    Fax: N/A

    NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2020 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



    This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

    Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.