Degree MSc (double degree in cooperation with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia) In cooperation with Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Joint Degree/Double Degree It is possible to obtain a double degree from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and our partner university Universidad Politécnica de Valencia if a total of 120 ECTS credit points is obtained from both universities. At least 40% of the credit points must have been earned from each of the universities. Course language(s) All compulsory modules and all elective modules are offered in English. Admission semester Winter semester only Beginning September Programme duration Two years (four semesters, including Master's thesis) Application deadline 15 May - international applicants
15 June - European applicants
15 July - Germans and residents of Germany
Course content Geomatics - originating from geodesy and informatics - has become a modern self-contained geo-information (GI), geoscience, engineering and IT discipline for the acquisition, processing, modelling, analysing, management, and visualisation of hybrid sensor data, geo- & spatial data and processes. These concern the geometry, gravity field and physical features of the dynamic earth, and the establishment and management of spatial information infrastructures of the built and natural environment.
These data come from many different sources, including earth orbiting satellites, GNSS, MEMS, air- and sea-borne sensors, and ground-based instruments. The data are processed with state-of-the-art communication and information technologies concerning software, hardware and geoinformation systems (GIS) in a broad spectrum of complex mathematical models.
Thus, geomatics, geomatic products, services and R&D have an impact on and applications in all disciplines which depend on geo-referenced spatial data, including information and monitoring of the environment, planning, engineering and geosciences, navigation, land development and management. As economics and political decisions are inherently and increasingly based on geoinformation, geomatics plays a key role for society, industry, and the economy.
The Master's programme Geomatics (MSc) focuses on the following competences:
- Global and regional reference frames and geo-referencing
- Space, physical, integrated and engineering geodesy
- Remote sensing, photogrammetry and geodetic geo-monitoring
- Data acquisition, statistical analysis
- Parameter estimation on modelling and geo-referencing of sensor & hybrid data types
- Computer-aided visualisation, communication and use of geospatial information
- Spatial analysis and geostatistics in the context of IT and communication technologies
- Navigation technologies and mobile GIS
- Software development e.g., on Open Source GIS, Navigation Technologies & Mobile GIS
Educational organisation The aim of the Master's programme in Geomatics (MSc) is to provide students with extensive, detailed knowledge of the theory, scientific methods, and practice in geomatics, combined with a high level of competence in the acquisition, modelling, processing, and management of sensor-data, geodata, and geoinformation. The elective modules allow individual specialisation in the different fields of geomatics, GI sciences, navigation and mobile information technologies.
The study programme is organised as follows (compulsory and elective modules):
- First Semester: Statistics & Adjustment and Reference Systems, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, GIS and Databases, Thematic Cartography, Language Courses and Scientific Work
- Second Semester: Project Management and GIS, Geography, Facility Management, Navigation, Soft Skills and Language Courses, Visualisation in the Internet, Location-based Services and Visualisation, Satellite Geodesy and Geodetic Monitoring, Digital Signal Processing and Numerical Methods
- Third Semester: Software Engineering and Programming, Navigation Technologies & Mobile GIS, Open Source GIS, Advanced Thematic Cartography & Visualisation, GIS Project, Physical Geodesy, Adjustment and Mathematical Geodesy, Engineering Photogrammetry and Geodesy, Geostatistics, Satellite Image Analysis
- Fourth Semester: Seminar, Master's Thesis and Colloquium
Due to the high demand for qualified geomatics engineers, graduates of this MSc programme are guaranteed a wide choice of challenging and rewarding careers at national and international level in industry as well as at scientific institutions. Furthermore, the MSc degree generally qualifies graduates for PhD programmes. At Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, PhD studies can be carried out in cooperation with various German and foreign partner universities.
Study abroad unit(s) Some courses can be completed at our partner universities in the UK, Russia, the Baltic States, USA, Canada, and Spain (double degree). Internships Optional Forms of assessment Most examinations are in written form. Candidates have to write their exams in English. ECTS credits 120 Diploma supplement Yes Funding of the joint degree / double degree DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Course-related German language courses Yes Course-related English language courses Yes Course objectives The aim of the International Master's programme in Geomatics (MSc) is to provide students with extensive, detailed knowledge of the theory, scientific methods, and practice in geomatics, combined with a high level of competence in the acquisition, modelling, processing, and management of sensor data, hybrid geodata, and geoinformation. The elective modules allow for individual specialisation in the different fields of geomatics, GI sciences, geodesy, navigation technologies, mobile GIS & IT. Laboratory work and the inclusion of sophisticated research and development projects (R&D) are regarded as essential characteristics and components of the Master's programme in Geomatics. Graduates are thus well versed in science- and research-oriented academic education, while at the same time meeting the requirements of professional skills requested by the industry.
Tuition fees No tuition fees Enrolment fees 142 EUR per semester Costs of living Approx. 700 EUR per month to cover personal expenses Job opportunities Some Geomatics students may find a student assistant job at universities or research institutions, or they may find employment in the industry in Karlsruhe. Funding opportunities within the university Students from partner universities may be awarded a Baden-Württemberg scholarship.
Language requirements TOEFL (min. 500 points paper-based), IELTS (min. 5.0) or equivalent Academic requirements Bachelor's degree in geodesy, cartography, geography, surveying, geodetic engineering, civil engineering or similar
Significant knowledge in GIS (6 CP)
Significant knowledge in higher programming languages (6 CP)
Bachelor's grade better/equal to 2.3 (according to the German grading system)
Where to apply Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft
Fakultät für Informationsmanagement und Medien (IMM)
International Master's Programme Geomatics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Jäger
Arrival support Arrival support is provided by the university's International Office. Services and support for international students Accommodation service; orientation programme; extensive study guidance, counselling by peers, tutors and professors; extensive programme of excursions and special events for international students Accommodation Students can apply for student housing through the Studierendenwerk (Student Services Office) at http://www.studentenwerk-karlsruhe.de/en/wohnen/. However, there is usually a waiting list for dormitory accommodation.
The Studierendenwerk website also provides information about its extensive private accommodation service.
Course website www.hs-karlsruhe.de/geomatics About the university Founded in 1878 as the "Grand Duchy of Baden College of Building", Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) today is one of the largest institutions of its type in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, with some 8,500 students and an extensive range of study programmes in the fields of engineering, computer science, and business. The university's 22 Bachelor's and 18 Master's degree programmes as well as cooperative PhD programmes are taught across six faculties: Architecture and Construction Engineering; Computer Science and Business Information Systems; Electrical Engineering and Information Technology; Information Management and Media; Management Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. The university was a founding member of HAWtech, an alliance of Germany's leading universities of applied sciences, and is the only German university so far to have been awarded the European Union's ECTS label in recognition of its efforts to facilitate international student mobility.
In order to narrow the gap between the theoretical world of lectures and the practical world of the workplace, degree programmes at the university are specifically designed to combine an academic education with the requirements of industry. Important elements of the application-oriented curriculum are the industrial and business experience of the teaching staff, industry-relevant work in laboratories and practical courses, integrated internships in industry, application-oriented project work, and final theses.
HsKA's approach of educating its students for the workplace has been validated by numerous national university rankings. In an extensive survey of German personnel managers carried out annually by the prestigious WirtschaftsWoche business magazine, the university has been named for several years as the university of applied sciences that prepares its students best for their careers in industry.
Total number of students 8,500 Total percentage of international students 14 % About the city Known as the "Residence of Justice", being the seat of Germany's two supreme courts, the city of Karlsruhe occupies a strategic location within the European Union. It lies not only at the intersection of international transport and energy networks, but in recent years it has become one of the leading centres of technology in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Karlsruhe ("Karl's Retreat") was founded in 1715 by Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach. Today it is a relatively compact city with a population of about 300,000. Located between the Black Forest and the River Rhine, near the Palatinate and Alsace (France), Karlsruhe offers excellent recreational opportunities. The city boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, including the Baden State Theatre, numerous private theatres, cinemas, museums, and art galleries. Several institutions of higher education are located in Karlsruhe, with a combined student population of well over 40,000. Amongst them are HsKA, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg; KIT, formerly Karlsruhe University, the oldest technical university in Germany; and the oldest university of education in the country. The spectrum is completed by the Academy of Art, the University of Music, the College of Design (together with the Centre for Art and Media), a cooperative state university campus, and a private international business school.
HsKA is situated within easy walking distance of the city centre as well as the large park and art gallery adjacent to the palace built by Margrave Karl Wilhelm.