Geospatial Technologies

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The term "geospatial" derives from the Greek term "geos" (earth) and the Latin "spatium" (space). Both are focal points of the master study programme geospatial technologies, which is about to describe and analyse our planet with methods used in geography and geodesy. These methods are combined in geographical information processing and remote sensing (imaging with the aid of satellites).

Many practical applications in daily use provide use with geographic or geodesic information. In other words: We do not only know where something is located but also what is located there. Good examples are Google Earth or modern navigation system used in traffic.

Geospatial technologies allow to do research on much more: Changes of the environment or the spatial development of cities or conurbations can be monitored. Many forecasts that are the basis for future countermeasures for the good of environment and mankind can be derived from such observations.

 

The master study programme

The master study programme geospatial technologies comprises of one stage of study (minimum four semesters) and leads to the academic degree „Master of Science“, abbreviated "MSc"

Prerequisite is a completed bachelor study programme either in geography, environmental systems sciences (focus geography) or geomatics engineering.

The programme conveys the following competencies

  • Knowledge and abilities in the area of ground-based and airborne resp. space-based imaging of the earth's surface, the production of cartographical fundamentals, aerial photograph maps and satellite maps and 3D databases
  • Knowledge of the structure, procedures, methods and algorithms in GIS, remote sensing and modern cartography
  • Knowledge of the structure, procedures, methods and algorithms use in navigation and positioning systems as well as their utilization for the acquisition of data
  • Knowledge of data acquisition, data management, data processing, data refinement data services as well as quality assurance
  • Knowledge of relevant theories, methods and techniques used in human and physical geography
  • Promoting the skills to view space and its components synoptically and critically as well as visual and computer aided analysis for the modelling of spatial facts and their interdependencies

 

Geospatial Technologies in Graz

After which bachelor progammes can I continue my studies with the master study programme geospatial technologies?

Necessary prerequisite is a completed bachelor or diploma study programme in geography, environmental systems sciences (focus geography) or geomatics engineering.


What you should bring . . . 

Geospatial technologies require English language skills. Geosciences tend to be lined up more internationally and interdisciplinary. Working in teams requires beyond professional competencies the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Cultural openness, communication skills and team spirit should be present when starting in this programme.

... what you get

The programme offers many advantages, like

  • A focused programme,
  • Well-equipped laboratories
  • A highly motivated team of academic teachers
  • Individual support
  • Early integration in research and
  • Good job opportunities.

An important foundation of the programme is research-driven teaching, which means that students are permanently involved in research projects. This ensures modern and up-to-date qualifications needed for the international labour market.

Working in the field of Geospatial Technologies

The completion of the master study programme Geospatial Technologies allows a career in different branches. Those who continue with a doctoral programme will be able to work in academic research and teaching. Geospatial technologies experts work in many fields where spatial related data are used, like in national and international software enterprises.

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Academic Authorities:

Prof. Manfred Wieser
Dean of Studies, Graz University of Technology

Prof. Wolfgang Sulzer
Chairperson of Curricula Committee, University of Graz

Links to the programme’s curriculum

This is announced identically in both universities' newsletters:

(German version only)

 

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