The programme focuses on a comprehensive education in cartography and geoinformatics, in particular on spatial information technologies, mathematic principles of map making, spatial data handling, theories and technologies of visual analytics, geovisualisation and communication of spatial information. The curriculum is structured in compulsory and elective modules. It is based on lectures, exercises, seminars, and project works.
During the first semester at TUM, the foundations in cartography and geovisualisation are taught.
In the second semester at TUW, students gain knowledge in multimedia cartography, especially, in web mapping, mobile internet and location-based services (LBS).
Students specialise in mobile cartography and 3D cartography in the third semester at TUD.
During the first and third semester, students have the possibility to choose online modules from the University of Twente within the elective module catalogue.
Educational organisationThe programme takes place at three or four of the cooperating universities (depending on the place where the student wants to write the Master's thesis) and is conceptualised with a fixed structure. Students stay together as a group during the first three semesters and have to spend their first semester at TUM in Germany. Then they have to study the second semester at TUW in Austria. After that they study their third semester at TUD in Germany. During the fourth semester students prepare their Master's thesis at one of the four cooperating universities.
The full-time Master's programme awards a total of 120 ECTS and is to be completed in two years. Students obtain 30 ECTS in each semester/at each university, respectively 30 ECTS for their Master's thesis.
The qualification finally awarded to the students is the joint degree "Master of Science (MSc) in Cartography" issued by TUM, TUW, TUD and UT together.
Study abroad unit(s)The four-semester Master's programme starts every year in the winter semester (October) at TUM. The second semester takes place at TUW in Austria. In the third semester, students move to TUD in Germany. During the fourth semester students prepare their Master's thesis at one of the four participating universities (TUM, TUW, TUD or UT).
InternshipsBetween the second and third semesters, students are encouraged to do an internship. All four partners have contacts to associated partners and helping finding a job during this summer semester break.
Forms of assessmentWritten and oral exams, presentations, project reports
Course objectivesWith its unique curriculum, the Master's programme is an innovative approach that provides excellent job opportunities. The qualification MSc in Cartography opens up professional prospects at a national or international level in the public or private sector as well as in the scientific field. Degree holders can work, for example, in governmental agencies, for map and atlas publishers or for companies dealing with GIS or navigation systems. Furthermore, the MSc degree qualifies for PhD programmes. The cooperation of the four universities intends to give graduates access to an international research network and an optimal start to a scientific career.
The objective of the programme is that students acquire in-depth expertise in the entire field of cartography. Students will gain fundamental knowledge in spatial data modelling, analysis and visualisation of geographic information. Students acquire competence in the use of all forms of publications and media such as print or electronic media, including web publishing. They deal critically with social connecting factors and implications of various techniques and methods for the processing and visualisation of spatial data. Graduates should be in a position to strongly influence and shape cartography as an independent science with its own research and object of knowledge. They should be able to competently handle databases and geographic information systems and to accomplish adequate graphic data processing for all kinds of user groups. However, they should also develop strong relations to earth sciences, information sciences, and communication science as well as skills for systematic analysis and synthesis from individual parts to the whole picture.
Language requirementsNon-native speakers of English will be required to submit a TOEFL (iBT min. 88; CBT min. 234; PBT min. 605), an IELTS (min. 6.5) or a certificate of Cambridge Main Suite (CAE or CPE, Level A, B or C).
If the previous university education has been conducted in English, TOEFL, IELTS or the certificate of Cambridge Main Suite can be replaced by an official certificate from the university confirming that the language of instruction was English.
For applicants with a German "Abitur" or with an Austrian "Matura", good results in English may also be accepted. Minimum score is 10 points within the German "Abitur" or grade 2.0 in the Austrian "Matura".
Academic requirementsApplications are open to all candidates with an above-average Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in science or engineering, e.g. cartography, geography, geodesy or computer science.
Approx. 115 EUR per semester for enrolment at TUM, the fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Munich.
Costs of living
Approx. 800 EUR per month to cover personal expenses.
Funding opportunities within the university
TUM has a scholarship programme for excellent international students. Scholarships are offered for foreign students (with a foreign university entrance certificate) funded by the budget of the Free State of Bavaria. Students can receive a one-off study aid of 500 to 1,500 EUR for one semester.http://www.tum.de/en/studies/fees-and-financial-aid/scholarships/scholarship-database/scholarship-for-international-students-of-tum/
TUM's International Center offers a special programme tailored for international students, TUMinternational (TUMi). The TUMi programme provides help and advice for new students as well as a cultural programme with events scheduled both prior to and during the academic periods.
The service desk of the Student Service Center is the first contact point for international students. We are here to help you with issues such as applications, enrolment, student cards etc. Furthermore, we offer various three- to six-week summer schools combining academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities as a foretaste of university life. For international students who have been admitted to a degree programme, the Student Service Center offers a four-week pre-study course designed to help you get started at the TUM. Students new to TUM are invited to the service fair "Fit for TUM" which takes place before the semester officially starts, to get an overview of the various offerings of support services at TUM. http://www.tum.de/en/studies/international-students/
Learning German: While the language of instruction for many of TUM's postgraduate programmes is English, learning German and thus being able to participate in daily German life at a deeper level enriches the experience of studying and living in Munich. As such, TUM's Language Centre offers language classes for students at all levels, both prior to and during the semester: http://www.sprachenzentrum.tum.de/en/startseite/
Services and support for international students
At each of the participating universities, there are excellent services and support for international students:
Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 300 EUR (depending on the place of study). Private housing can be found on the internet. All four cooperating universities support students in their search for accommodation.