Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences



International Master’s program in Geomatics

Geomatics - which emerged from geodesy and informatics - has established itself as a modern, independent discipline within the spectrum of geodesy, navigation, geoinformatics, GIS, geosciences and engineering.

In the geodetic spectrum, geomatics is dedicated to the acquisition and algorithmic fusion of astronomical data (VLBI), satellite data (GNSS positioning, altimetry, gravimetry) and the production and monitoring of global time-dynamic reference systems. GNSS and other physical (e.g. MEMS) and optical sensor data (lidar, camera) are used in modern measurement systems and sensor platforms for georeferencing and navigation of local objects (e.g. navigation & control). e.g. navigation & control of autonomous land/water/air vehicles, multisensory surveying, mobile mapping and intelligent robotics systems). In addition, geomatics is involved in the further processing, analysis and visualization of spatial geoinformation, data and metadata. From these processes and products (e.g. digital maps) of the built and natural environment are derived. This part of geomatics includes remote sensing, geo­monitoring & change detection, AR/VR, building information modeling (BIM), GIS and data science.

The sensordata and geo data are communicated using state-of-the-art communication (CT) and information technology (IT) in geosensor networks and in geoinformation systems (GIS) in a wide range of complex mathematical models and processed using appropriate methods, algorithms and software.

Geodesy, geoinformatics, software development and big data processing are therefore important cross-sectional fields of geomatics in view of the above-mentioned profile.

The provision and analysis of geoinformation as well as the monitoring of the environment, planning, engi­neering and geosciences, navigation technologies, mobile GIS, land development and manage­ment, the geodetic skills of setting up global reference systems and the georeferencing of local objects as well as the geoinformation generated from them play a key role for society, industry and the eco­nomy. Graduates find jobs in specialist and administrative authorities, in the private sector, at uni­ver­sities (PhD) and at research institutions.


At a glance

Qualification awarded Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Application deadline 15.01./15.07.
Start of program Winter semester  & Summer semester
ECTS credit points 90 in total
Standard period of study 3 semesters
Admission prerequisites Pre-study work experience is not required
Accreditation Yes (certificate)


Dean of Studies
Prof. Dr. Reiner Jäger
reiner.jaegerspam prevention@h-ka.de

Ina-Maria Heiliger

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2595
Fax: +49 (0)721 925-2597
geomaticsspam prevention@h-ka.de

Office hours:
Mon.-Wed. 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

HO 201
Hoffstraße 3
76133 Karlsruhe

Postal address:
Moltkestraße 30
76133 Karlsruhe

Who is the program aimed at?

If you want to become a specialist in geomatics, you should have an above-average interest in geo-scientific topics as well as good math skills and an interest in computer science and physics. Openness and willingness to work together in international teams is a good prerequisite for working on the mostly project-related topics during the program and, later, at work. Interest in handling modern computer technology and high-tech measuring devices is expected.

The part-time study option is a possibility for those who want to study, but at the same time have to work or take care of their family. In part-time study, you have more time to successfully complete all modules.

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Reasons for studying at our faculty

  • Practically-oriented education and constant dialogue with professionals
  • Study program with a clear and defined curriculum, examinations at the end of each semester
  • Laboratory work and practical training in small groups
  • Attractive master theses in research (projects) and development (industry) at home and abroad
  • Latest topics curriculum
  • Guidance by professors
  • Support in case of language difficulties
  • Tutorials, pedagogical guidance and counseling
  • Opportunity for future professional qualification in innovative research projects
  • Active exchange programs within international networks with other universities
  • Master’s program is fully accredited

A student reports ...

Are you satisfied with your choice of study program?

My experience as a student in the Masters in Geomatics program has been very satisfactory, being it the extensiveness of course content, course delivery method, availability of classroom and laboratory tools to facilitate studies and the methods of evaluation. One can say with certainty that the University and lecturers are doing well to ensure that students get a high quality and an up-to-date education.

What is the distinctive feature of this degree program?

An interesting aspect I have experienced is the diversity of the classroom. Interacting with classmates coming from different parts of the world, with different cultures and religion has been fun and has greatly impacted the way I view the world.

What is life in Karlsruhe like?

Karlsruhe is a beautiful city with a simple-to-understand town planning and a very connected public-transport network. I like its warm climate (relative to other German cities), the cosmopolitan nature and its friendly people. I also like the fact that most of the people here speak English, so language barrier has not been a problem for me.


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