International Programmes 2021/2022

Master of Science in Cartography Master of Science in Cartography

Technische Universität München • München

Degree
The qualification finally awarded to the students is the joint degree "Master of Science (MSc) in Cartography".
In cooperation with

Vienna University of Technology (Austria)
Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
University of Twente (The Netherlands)

Teaching language
  • English
Languages

The programme takes place at all four cooperating universities and is completely taught in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies

The Cartography Master's programme starts every year in the winter semester.

Application deadline

The application deadline for all students is 31 May.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Yes
Additional information on tuition fees

The total fee for the whole programme varies depending on the chosen mobility (where the student wants to write the Master's thesis) and the country of origin. Please see http://cartographymaster.eu/financial-information/ for more details.

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
Yes
Description/content

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.

Course organisation

The 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 in Cartography".

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
Integrated internships

Between 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.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Blogs
  • Chats with lecturers
Description of e-learning elements

During the first and third semester, online modules from the University of Twente are integrated into the curriculum. Students have the chance to experience virtual mobility.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
No
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Yes
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Yes
Additional information on tuition fees

The total fee for the whole programme varies depending on the chosen mobility (where the student wants to write the Master's thesis) and the country of origin. Please see http://cartographymaster.eu/financial-information/ for more details.

Semester contribution

First semester TUM: 129.40 EUR

Costs of living

The costs for accommodation in the three countries of the consortium (Germany, Austria and The Netherlands) are relatively high. The price of food, clothing, cultural activities, etc. is equivalent to the EU average.

Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

The Cartography Master's programme is co-funded by the EU commission under Erasmus Mundus. The best students can get an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the entire duration of their studies.

Academic admission requirements

Applications 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.

Language requirements

Non-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.

Application deadline

The application deadline for all students is 31 May.

Submit application to

In order to apply at TUM, you need to open a TUMonline account: https://campus.tum.de/tumonline/webnav.ini.
Our application wizard will guide you step by step through the online application procedure.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

As the Cartography Master's programme is a full-time study programme, part-time employment might be very tough. During the three months semester break between the second and third semester, an internship or summer job is possible.

Accommodation

It’s not easy to find a place to live in Munich – but it’s not impossible either! The Technische Universität München (TUM) supports students and staff in their search for accommodation, providing personal advice, in-house listings and useful information to ensure that you can quickly find a place to call your own.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters

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