Geomatics is a modern self-contained geo-information, geoscience, engineering, and ICT-related discipline. It deals with the acquisition, processing, modelling, analysis, and visualization of spatially referenced data. This concerns the geometry as well as physical and socio-economic features of our Earth, spatial information infrastructures of the built and natural environment, and the simulation of geospatial processes. The data originates from many different sources, including satellites, air- and sea-borne sensors, ground-based measurements, surveys and statistics, and analogue maps. Today’s techniques make extensive use of GNSS, often involving the crowd.
The data is processed with state-of-the-art information and communication technologies (ICT), often in geographical information systems (GIS) and based on a broad spectrum of mathematical algorithms and models. Thus Geomatics plays an important role in products, services and development tasks, which depend on geospatial data and spatial computing. Nowadays it has an impact on numerous disciplines including environmental management, land development and planning, engineering, geo- and life-sciences, traffic, logistics, and utilities.
As economic and political decisions are increasingly based on geospatial information, geomatics plays a key-role for society as a whole. The modern mobile society generates new challenges with a tremendous increase in applications related to e.g. location-based services, 3D city models, crowd-sourced mapping, big data, UAV, indoor navigation, and mobile GIS.
Study program contents and aims
The international study program Geomatics (M.Sc.) comprises 120 ECTS in 4 semesters with 5 modules and 30 ECTS per semester. The 2nd and 3rd semester cover compulsory and elective modules, where 5 electives have to be selected among 10. For graduates with a 210 ECTS Bachelor degree, up to 30 ECTS of the 1st semester Master courses can be recognized. If one semester of the Bachelor or Master program has been spent abroad, also this variant can qualify as international.
The core disciplines of Geomatics are geography, cartography, geodesy & navigation, photogrammetry & remote sensing, software engineering, and spatial computing. The Master study program Geomatics covers this wide, multidisciplinary range while at the same time allows for a specialization in applied geodesy or geomatics & visualization. Options for an individual focus cover the following competences:
- Global and regional reference frames and geo-referencing
- Satellite, physical, and engineering geodesy
- Satellite image analysis and engineering photogrammetry
- Data acquisition, statistical analysis and parameter estimation for sensor and other geospatial data
- Dynamic interactive visualization, communication and use of geospatial information
- Spatial analysis, geostatistics and spatial computing in the context of modern ITC technologies
- GIS and geodatabases, applications and real-world project examples, ESRI product family and open source
- Out-/indoor navigation and mobile GIS technologies and developments
- Algorithms, software development, and programming for geodata management and processing
The aim of the Master program in Geomatics (M.Sc.) is to provide students with extensive, detailed knowledge on the theory, scientific methods, and practice in geomatics, combined with a high level of competence in the acquisition, processing, modelling, analysis and visualization of geospatial data. Although graduates of diverse backgrounds are accommodated within one joint program, the choice of elective modules allows for following individual interests among the various fields of geomatics and thus for a specialization.
Due to the high demand for qualified geomatics engineers, the M.Sc. graduates are guaranteed a wide choice of challenging and rewarding careers at national and international level in private industry as well as at governmental or scientific institutions. In Germany, the M.Sc. graduates can pursue a career in the higher civil service (Höherer Verwaltungsdienst). Furthermore, the M.Sc. degree qualifies for PhD programs. At Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, PhD studies can be carried out in cooperation with different German and foreign partner universities.
The International Geomatics program is also offered in cooperation with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), i.e. as a double-degree Master of Science program. Here students have the possibility to spend one year at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and one year at UPV and receive Master’s degrees from both universities. For e.g. German students to upgrade to the international variant, courses can also be completed at various partner universities, e.g. in the Netherlands (ITC/Enschede, Utrecht), UK (Aberdeen, Edinburgh), Baltic States (Riga, Vilnius), Hungary (Szeged), Russia (Novosibirsk), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) or USA (Boulder, Mankato).
The Geomatics study program is accredited by ASIIN and EUR-ACE.