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The main topics focused on in the field of Geoinformatics are the acquisition, storage, analysis, retrieval, and display of spatially related data concerning both the earth's physical features and the built-up environment. Important parts of the postgraduate course, which are all accompanied by intensive training, include studying the methods for data modelling in geoinformation systems and designing and handling diverse databases, GIS-data formats, and GIS customisation (including its programming). Most recent developments like World Wide Web technologies, 3D-visualisation, and integration of GIS and photogrammetry prepare the participants of the course for the future.
The Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics e.V (ASIIN) has accredited the Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics Master's programme.
In addition, this Master's programme has achieved excellent results, evaluated as "Premium Seal" programme in a report written on behalf of the DAAD in 2009. Moreover, it has successfully established itself as a leader in teaching, receiving students from all over the world.
Educational organisationThe complete course comprises two intensive semesters of lectures and exercises. Each semester is structured into four different modules, including the domain topics as well as soft skills for instance presentation techniques and project management.
Optional tutorials are offered to support students who have different background knowledge.
At the end of each semester there are two weeks of exams. Between the first and the second semesters, there are two two-week intensive training practices in GIS and Photogrammetry. The third semester includes a ninth module, a full-time research project aimed at the elaboration of a Master's thesis accompanied by a research seminar.
Additionally, an optional online preparation course will be offered for admitted students to refresh some of the fundamentals needed for the study programme.
Study abroad unit(s)A mandatory period of study abroad is not required, although optional exchanges with partner universities are possible. In addition, the Master's thesis can be completed in cooperation with a partner institution in another country.
InternshipsDue to the tight schedule, no internships are integrated. However, there is the possibility of extending your stay in Germany for an additional internship after finishing the Master's course.
Forms of assessmentEach of the nine modules will be assessed by a written exam. In addition, assessments include various project work and a number of seminars.
Course objectivesThe students of the course obtain a scientific and practically-oriented education and training in the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing and geoinformation science. An important objective is the transfer of up-to-date techniques to practise under different technological conditions.
The MSc course is designed especially for future decision-makers and senior engineers of information and land management projects, national authorities for mapping, photogrammetry, land consolidation, cadastre, forestry, agriculture, rural and urban planning, or environmental monitoring.
Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English skills. TOEFL (550 points or internet-based test 79 points), IELTS (band 6.0), or equivalent
Academic requirementsDegree (equivalent to a BSc) in Civil Engineering, Geodesy, Geography, Agriculture, Forestry, or a corresponding degree of another profession related to geodata
Two years of competent professional experience is recommended.
A good mathematical background and good computer skills are required.
Enrolment feesEnrolment fees amount to 177.50 EUR each semester (subject to change).
Costs of livingThe cost of living is estimated at 650 EUR (minimum) per month, including accommodation in a student hall of residence.
Job opportunitiesA small number of jobs for students with specific backgrounds are offered by the university, including the possibility of participating in one of the research projects of the faculty.
Funding opportunities within the universityThe Study Foundation of the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart supports students with scholarships depending on their individual situation.
Arrival supportThe International Student Office (ISO) of the university will assist new students. Student buddies will pick you up upon your arrival at the airport and take care of you the first days of your stay in Stuttgart.
Services and support for international studentsThe ISO will be available as contact for any problems during your stay. In addition, the Academic Office of the university offers a special social and cultural programme for all foreign students, including weekend sightseeing trips to famous places in the south of Germany such as Heidelberg, Lake Constance, and the Black Forest just to mention a few.
Additional German language courses are also offered by the university.
AccommodationStudent accommodation is offered by the administration of the 12 Stuttgart universities. About 6,500 furnished rooms are available, the monthly rent depends on their level of furnishing. All rooms have high speed, low cost internet access. Using public transport with a cheap student ticket, a student can reach the university area in a few minutes.
As it is difficult to find private furnished apartments in Stuttgart, we advise you not to bring your family.