International Programmes 2019/2020

International Master's Degree Programme in Geomatics (MSc) International Master's Degree Programme in Geomatics (MSc)

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences • Karlsruhe

Master of Science in Geomatics
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are held in English. Assignments, project reports, examinations, and the Master's thesis are to be written in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
International students start in the winter semester.
Application deadline

15 May - international applicants
15 June - European applicants
15 July - Germans and residents of Germany

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

International students who are not EU nationals pay a tuition fee of 1,500 EUR per semester. (For information on exemptions, please see:

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Geomatics is a modern, self-contained geo-information, geoscience, engineering, and ICT-related discipline. It deals with the acquisition, processing, modelling, analysis, and visualisation of spatially referenced data. This concerns the geometry as well as the physical and socioeconomic 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 seaborne sensors, ground-based measurements, surveys and statistics, and analogue maps. Today’s techniques make extensive use of GNSS and often involve 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 and services, which depend on geospatial data and spatial computing.

The internationally oriented programme is unique in combining the study of cartography and geodesy with a focus on the following six fields of specialisation:

  • geoinformatics: application programming for web processing, monitoring, and open source GIS
  • geovisualisation: computer-aided visualisation, communication, and use of geospatial information
  • geobusiness: location-aware spatial analysis based on economic principles
  • environment: monitoring and managing our changing natural environment by means of GIS and remote sensing
  • geodesy: engineering photogrammetry and geodesy for automated information extraction
  • navigation: GNSS/MEMS-integrated precise navigation for outdoor and indoor applications

The international Geomatics programme is also offered in cooperation with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) as a double-degree MSc programme. Students have the opportunity to spend one year at HsKA (Germany) and one year at UPV (Spain) in order to receive Master's degrees from both universities.

Due to the high demand for qualified Geomatics engineers, the MSc graduates are guaranteed a wide choice of rewarding careers at national and international levels in private industry as well as at governmental or scientific institutions. In Germany, the MSc graduates can pursue a career in the higher civil service ("Höherer Verwaltungsdienst"). The MSc degree also qualifies graduates of the programme for PhD programmes. At Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, PhD studies can be carried out in cooperation with different German and foreign partner universities.

Course organisation

The international study programme Geomatics (MSc) comprises 120 ECTS in four semesters and generally consists of five modules and 30 ECTS per semester. The second and third semesters cover compulsory and elective modules, and students must select six out of 10 electives. The courses of the first semester ensure that all students possess the required knowledge base.

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Types of assessment

Assignments or project work throughout the semester, written or oral exams at the end of each semester

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
Integrated internships


Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

International students who are not EU nationals pay a tuition fee of 1,500 EUR per semester. (For information on exemptions, please see:

Semester contribution
All students pay semester fees (student services fee, registration fee, student union membership fee) amounting to approx. 160 EUR per semester.
Costs of living
The cost of living is approximately 700 EUR per month for general expenses, including rent, utilities, food, household items, transport, entertainment, clothing, insurance, books, the semester contribution (not included in the above-mentioned tuition fee for non-EU nationals), etc.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree in geodesy, cartography, geography, surveying, geodetic engineering, civil engineering, or similar
Significant knowledge in GIS (6 CP)
Significant knowledge in programming (6 CP)
Bachelor's grade better/equal to 2.3 (according to the German grading system)

Language requirements

TOEFL (min. 500 PBT), IELTS (min. 5.5) or equivalent

Application deadline

15 May - international applicants
15 June - European applicants
15 July - Germans and residents of Germany

Submit application to


Possibility of finding part-time employment

International students who come from outside the EU or the EEA are allowed to work outside of the university for 120 full or 240 half days per year. Therefore, students may work full-time during the lecture-free period or part-time during the semester. As the Karlsruhe region has a very low unemployment rate, chances of finding student jobs are generally quite good.


Students can apply for student housing through student services ("Studierendenwerk") at However, there is usually a waiting list for dormitory accommodation.

The Studierendenwerk website also provides information about its extensive private accommodation service.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Accompanying programme
Supervisor-student ratio
Seven professors to 30-50 Master's students

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

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The HO building where most of the courses take place © Christian Seitz

Founded in 1878 as the "Grand Duchy of Baden College of Building", Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) is today one of the largest institutions of its kind in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, with some 8,500 students and an extensive range of study programmes in the fields of engineering, computer science, and business. The university's 19 Bachelor's and 20 Master's degree programmes as well as cooperative PhD programmes are taught across the following six faculties: Architecture and Construction Engineering, Computer Science and Business Information Systems, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information Management and Media, Management Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. The university was a founding member of HAWtech, an alliance of Germany's leading universities of applied sciences, and it is the only German university so far to have been awarded the European Union's ECTS label in recognition of its efforts to facilitate international student mobility.

In order to narrow the gap between the theoretical world of lectures and the practical world of the workplace, degree programmes at the university are specifically designed to combine an academic education with the requirements of industry. Important elements of the application-oriented curriculum are the industrial and business experience of the teaching staff, industry-relevant work in laboratories and practical courses, integrated internships in industry, application-oriented project work, and the final thesis.
HsKA's approach to educating its students for the workplace has been validated by numerous national university rankings. In an extensive survey of German personnel managers, carried out annually by the prestigious Wirtschaftswoche business magazine, the university has for several years been named one of the universities of applied sciences that best prepares its students for their careers in industry.

2001 Programme running since
59 Different student nationalities so far

University Location

Known as the "Residence of Justice", being the seat of Germany's two supreme courts, the city of Karlsruhe occupies a strategic location within the European Union. It lies not only at the intersection of international transport and energy networks, but in recent years, it has become one of the leading centres of technology in the Federal Republic of Germany. Karlsruhe ("Karl's Retreat") was founded in 1715 by Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach. Today, it is a relatively compact city with a population of about 300,000. Located between the Black Forest and the River Rhine, near the Palatinate and Alsace (France), Karlsruhe offers excellent recreational opportunities. The city boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, including the Baden State Theatre, numerous private theatres, cinemas, museums, and art galleries. Several institutions of higher education are located in Karlsruhe, with a combined student population of well over 45,000. Amongst them are HsKA, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg; KIT, formerly Karlsruhe University, the oldest technical university in Germany; and PH Karlsruhe, the oldest university of education in the country. The spectrum is completed by the Academy of Art, the University of Music, the College of Design (together with the Centre for Art and Media), a cooperative state university campus, and a private international business school. HsKA is situated within easy walking distance of the city centre as well as the large park and art gallery adjacent to the palace built by Margrave Karl Wilhelm.