Program - Curriculum

The international GEOENGINE program is offered annually, starting each fall. It consists of three semesters lectures and lab exercises. The final fourth semester is reserved for the master thesis. Apart from the pre-course on German Language and Culture, all lectures and labs will be exclusively taught in English. Also, the master thesis has to be prepared in English language.

During the first three semesters, altogether 14 modules are offered. 10 of them are mandatory, two of four courses have to be selected from an elective part. All courses are credited conformal to the European Credit Point System (ECTS).

The lecture series is opened with a compact pre-course on German Language and Culture (6 credit points (CP)). It conveys a basic knowledge of the German language as well as introducing into German culture and history.

The other mandatory modules are focusing on advanced topics in Geomatics Engineering, namely Advanced Mathematics (6 CP), Geomatics Methodology (15 CP), Engineering Geodesy (9 CP), Geodesy (9 CP), Remote Data Acquisition (9 CP) and Representation of Geodata (9 CP).

Besides this, a non-technical course in international and contract Law (3 CP) is supplementing this mandatory section of the program.

Within the third semester additional elective courses in two of the four topics focusing on Multisensor Integration in Geodesy and Transport, Satellite Geodesy, Navigation or Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (9 CP each) can be chosen by the students.

The final fourth semester is exclusively dedicated to the preparation of the master thesis (30 CP).

Between the second and third semester the students attend a 10 days' Integrated Field Training (6 CP). This course is already a synthesis of knowledge acquired in previous modules. It enables students to analyse real-life Geomatics Engineering tasks and to solve those tasks and problems with an engineering approaching an autonomous way. The fieldwork is realized at variable places in the vicinity of Stuttgart.

The Master Program will be concluded with the Master-of-Science-Examination. This exam consists of separate exams for the different courses according to the individual study plan each student has worked out in accordance with her/his advisor.

Thus, the whole length of the Master Program is 4 semesters and comprises courses up to the range of 120 CP