Geodesy and Geoinformation (Master of Science)
(Geodäsie und Geoinformation, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) consist of a Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree in a similar area. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental student advisory service. Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (assessment of suitability) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
Programme Start: winter semester (recommended); summer semester (programme place not guaranteed).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
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The degree programme Master of Science in Geodesy and Geoinformation is designed to deepen and broaden engineering knowledge and skills in surveying by specialising in a sub-field of geodesy or geoinformation. The wide variety and combination possibilities of the various modules and optional courses allow students to address their personal interests in the area. A mentoring system supports each student during the process of selecting suitable courses and subjects.
It is also possible for students to spend a semester abroad studying or working towards completion of the Master’s thesis.
The Master of Science degree programme in Geodesy and Geoinformation is divided into the following three areas.
The Specialised Mandatory Subject Area (introductory area) deepens and broadens the fundamental knowledge acquired during the Bachelor’s degree programme. The Geodetic Seminar provides students with the ability to work in the subject area using scientific methods and then to give a presentation of the results. During the Project Week students will work on and discuss an interdisciplinary issue in small groups.
The Elective Subject Area (main area) in the first, second and third semester allows students to specialise in one of the two sub-areas of Geodesy and Geoinformation. The specialised area of Geodetic Metrology goes into depth on geodetic measurement and resulting evaluations. A specialisation in Geo-management focuses on land and property, including real estate valuation, and as well the construction and implementation of geo-information systems (GIS).
The Specialised and General Optional Subject Area allows students the option of choosing additional courses from the Geodesy departmental module catalogue or from the complete course catalogue of the TU Darmstadt.
The Master’s Thesis follows as the last stage of the programme. This independent research project takes place over one semester, comprising an essential part of the Master’s degree programme.
Modulhandbuch (Module Handbook)
Vorlesungsverzeichnis (Course Catalogue)
Fachbereich Bau- und Umweltingeniuerwissenschaften (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Civil Engineering and Geodesy (B.Sc.) (Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie, B.Sc.)|
|Architecture (M.Sc.) (Architektur, M.Sc.)|
|Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Traffic and Transport (M.Sc.) (Verkehrswesen, M.Sc.)|
|Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
|Industrial Engineering – Technical Specialisation in Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – Technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieruwesen, M.Sc.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Graduates of Geodesy and Geoinformation have good prospects and chances in the field of surveying.
Surveying can be roughly divided into three parts: engineering surveying, land surveying, and real estate surveying. Engineering surveying is needed in the construction of buildings, roads, bridges and tunnels, etc. Land surveying is needed when making maps. In real estate surveying, the focus is on finding the boundaries of a property or on surveying newly erected constructions so they can appear on maps. Furthermore, surveying engineers contribute to the planning, the construction, or the design of multistory buildings. Their main task here is determining exact locations for building proposals.
This said, it is clear that surveying engineers do not mainly work indoors or at their desk or computer. Rather, on-site activities are a substantial part of their job.
Geodesy has proven to be a future-oriented occupational field, in particular as the demand for spatial data for GPS technology is increasing.
The fields of activity of geodesists are diverse: They are also involved in the development of modern geo-informational systems or satellite navigation systems.
Here, they do not only collect aerial images and satellite imagery but are responsible for the development, quality assurance, analysis, reproduction, and interpretation of these readings. Consequently, there is a strong reference to information technology.
Geodesy graduates may work in surveying and engineering firms, construction companies, IT companies, manufacturers of geodesic instruments, in the public service, or in government and international research institutions.
Generally speaking, it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Arbeitsplatz Erde (Workplace Earth)
DVW-Gesellschaft für Geodäsie, Geoinformation und Landmanagement e.V. (Association for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management)
Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) (Federal Office of Cartography and Geodesy)
Deutscher Dachverband für Geoinformation (DDGI) (German Umbrella Organization for Geoinformation)
Verband Deutscher Vermessungsingenieure (Association of German Survey Engineers)