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Geodesy and Geoinformatics

Mobility and navigation, climate change and environmental challenges, spatial planning and high precision measuring - these fascinating topics are at the core of Geodesy and Geoinformatics - an interdisciplinary cutting-edge science and technology subject. It covers a wide range of interesting topics related to surveying and mapping the Earth's surface at all scales.

OUR ENGLISH MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME

You have completed a first degree in surveying, geodesy, geoinformatics or related fields? You are interested in an exciting Master degree programme in Geodesy and Geoinformatics? You aspire to study at one of Germany's leading technical universities (TU9)? Then step in!

In today's digital world, Geodesy and Geoinformatics is an interdisciplinary cutting-edge science and technology subject. As a future expert in Geodesy and Geoinformatics you will analyse spatial information such as imagery, laser data, GPS signals and Earth gravity measurements, which are acquired using static and mobile mapping platforms, flying drones and satellites each equipped with various sensors.

Studying the English Master programme Geodesy and Geoinformatics at Leibniz Universität Hannover means obtaining the ability to master challenges in areas as diverse as

  • industrial quality control
  • 3D city modelling
  • autonomous navigation
  • environmental monitoring
  • sea level rise
  • and sustainable development

Diverse topics like Engineering Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geodesy and Land Use Politics are taught at the highest scientific quality.

Our degree programme offers high-quality courses in English. It is taught in small groups, where international and local students attend the same lectures, making it easy for students from abroad to mingle with German speaking friends and colleagues. Our graduates enjoy excellent career opportunities in industry, in public service and in research and development worldwide.

The accredited degree programme at Leibniz Universität Hannover, a world-leading centre of higher education in Geodesy, takes 2 years. Students do not pay any tuition fees. Enjoy our internationally acknowledged teaching of this future-oriented topic - made in Germany!

WHAT IS GEODESY AND GEOINFORMATICS?

  • Laserscanner in front of wind turbines © GIH
    Engineering in Geodesy

    addresses the surveying and monitoring of artificial and man-made structures. It e.g. ensures that tunneling machines will find to their intended position, and that deformations of bridges and dams are detected in time, before they collapse.

  • Digital map © IKG
    Cartography and Geoinformatics

    is about modelling, acquisition, processing and visualization of spatial data. Ever increasing data streams are analyzed automatically to create accurate maps - not solely for humans, but also for automatic systems such as robots or autonomous cars.

  • Classified building point cloude © IPI
    Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

    is all about capturing and automatically interpreting images of any kind – for mapping the Earth surface, for environmental monitoring, autonomous driving or 3D modelling.

  • GRACE-FO satellite © NASA/JPL-Caltech
  • Parque das Nações in Lissabon © Claus Brenner
    Land- and Real Estate Management

    valuates the market value of real estate based on location, use and infrastructure using quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, it offers strategies and instruments for supporting sustainable development in urban and rural areas.

CAREER

With a Master degree in Geodesy and Geoinformatics you have excellent career opportunities in a very wide field of exciting and well-paid jobs all over the world. Thanks to the broad and diverse skills you acquire in the courses you will be able to master challenges in private industry, in research and development as well as in public service. Graduates of the programme

  • design high precision 3D measurement and evaluation systems
  • develop navigation and software systems
  • run their own business as a Chartered Surveyor
  • create and sell geoinformation services
  • implement manufacturing and quality control
  • guide construction work and the extraction of raw materials
  • help the automotive industry to build safer and smarter cars
  • carry out research in aerospace technology, geophysics and related fields

Another promising option is to obtain further scientific qualification by enrolling in the PhD programme of the participating university institutes or other research centers.


OUR GRADUATES

Zhiyuan Wang, China (M. Sc. 2019)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

" It was my pleasure to enroll in the Master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" at Leibniz University Hannover. I sincerely appreciate the knowledge I gained and would love to recommend this Master's programme to those who would like to dive into Geoscience in the future."


  • read more about Zhiyuan's experience

    It was my pleasure to enroll in the Master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" at Leibniz University Hannover. Created and provided by 4 institutes, this Master program offers the student all possible directions of Geoscience. Students can decide which direction they would like to go without putting too much effort into their weak subjects. Aside from a variety of lectures, students can also practice what they learned through different seminars.

    Besides variety of lectures, our Institutes also encourage and support students to do practical work and provide students opportunities to work with professional research groups. During my study, I put my concentration on remote sensing and image analysis. Started from 2017, I worked as a student research assistant at Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI). This precious experience deepened my understanding in remote sensing and strengthened my data processing and programming skills. Additionally, it provided me the first-hand experience of doing scientific research.

    Now I work as a scientist at the German Remote Sensing Data Center, EOC of German Aerospace Center, DLR, where I contribute my knowledge in the field of Earth modeling based on satellite remote sensing data. I sincerely appreciate the knowledge I gained from "GuG" and would love to recommend this Master program to those who would like to dive into Geoscience in the future.

Rebekka Handirk, Germany (M. Sc. 2020)

European Space Agency (ESA)

"This programme opened up many doors, and the combination of a good degree and a desperate need for geodesists in industry and administration puts me into a situation where I can basically choose my future job and employer instead of them choosing me from a long list of candidates."

  • read more about Rebekka's experience

    Just as in the bachelor’s program, everyone is taught the basics of all the different fields of application of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, but besides that, this master’s program allows the students also to choose from a variety of courses and thus enables them to deepen their knowledge in their individual area of interest – be it classical surveying, big data, or navigation. The relatively small number of students ensures close contact with professors and staff, a big advantage in comparison to many other careers.

    When I proceeded from the German bachelor’s to the international master’s program, it felt like my new fellow students brought the countries of the world home to me instead of me having to travel the world. This program is not just studying the aspects of Geodesy and Geoinformatics but automatically includes gaining and improving intercultural and also interdisciplinary competencies, since many internationals join this program with backgrounds such as civil engineering or computer science.

    I am currently working as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency, for test development in navigation. I am working on and with cutting-edge technology in precise point positioning, and each day holds new amazement and challenges for me. It is the perfect opportunity to apply what I learned in the master’s program and to further deepen my knowledge. Even though personal networking is quite difficult in times of COVID, my job includes cooperation with various research institutes, universities, and NASA, and I am learning a lot about project management along the way.

    I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to invest themselves because – let’s be honest – things will not always be easy. The bachelor’s and master’s program of Geodesy and Geoinformatics has provided me not only with technical knowledge but also with a lot of soft skills and resilience. It opened up many doors, and the combination of a good degree and a desperate need for geodesists in industry and administration puts me into a situation where I can basically choose my future job and employer instead of them choosing me from a long list of candidates.

Vishwa Vijay Singh, India (M. Sc. 2019)

Institute of Geodesy

"With the amazing study programme which gave me the choice to study exactly what I want, wonderful student coordinators who were always up for a chat to discuss the path chosen, and truly knowledgeable lecturers whose enthusiasm made me 500% more interested in any course, I think the GuG master programme stands out."

  • read more about Vishwa Vijay's experience

    I joined the M.Sc. Geodesy and Geoinformatics (GuG) in 2016, was lucky enough to spend six wonderful semesters in the master program - taking the master a bit slow (six semesters instead of four), while also working and learning German. With the amazing study program which gave me the choice to study exactly what I want and at the pace that I want, wonderful student coordinators who  were always up for a chat to discuss the path chosen within the M.Sc., and truly knowledgeable lecturers whose enthusiasm made me 500% more interested in any course I decided to attend, I think the GuG master program stands out.

    LUH and GuG are great places to be at, whether one wants to continue in research, or get  a job later. People who are interested in this filed can do wonders, for example, help Google or Apple make their maps better (web-GIS) and more accurate (GPS modeling), help automobile manufacturers make better and safer automatic cars (Image processing), help aerospace companies make sure that all the parts of their planes are safe to be used (Industrial Surveying), or help the space agencies of the world figure out how round the Moon is (Physical and Astronomical Geodesy). With the right ideas and inclination, one can shape their future as they want, once they are here!

    After the M.Sc., I decided to continue down the path of research, and am currently doing a PhD at the Institute of Geodesy in “Lunar Laser Ranging” (LLR). Having had an opportunity to explore the science of LLR in a project during the M.Sc., I knew I could not part from LLR just then, and decided to work on an aspect of LLR - calculating the position and velocity of the solar system bodies - for my master thesis. Half way through the thesis, I knew LLR was what I wanted to continue my career in. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to find a PhD after the M.Sc., and I was lucky enough to find one in Hannover itself.

    Other than the master program, I have been thoroughly enjoying my time here in Hannover. The city is full of excellent cafes, has many areas and restaurants to explore, and still very student friendly. It is, and would be a great place to study GuG!

Hasan Sharifi, Afghanistan (M. Sc. 2019)

Zweckverband Gigabit

"For those interested in getting into the job market, the geodetic excursion and the courses would be interesting, in which the employees active in the industry present their practice-based work. One can find and establish a stable future employment network in any desired direction."

  • read more about Hasan's experience

    The master program Geodesy and Geoinformatics offers a variety of courses focused on many different geodetic topics. Along the fundamental courses, the students have the chance to carry out a project seminar and a master thesis in their desired field. The students deal with the newest research topics and get a know-how of approaching and solving complex scientific issues. For those interested in getting into the job market, the geodetic excursion and the courses would be interesting, in which the employees active in the industry present their practice-based work. Overall seen, one can find and establish a stable future employment network in any desired direction.

    During the masters, I got the chance to carry out an internship and master thesis at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) – Potsdam which involved me in a scientific environment with thousands of researchers working on geosciences. During my time at GFZ, I got experience in the remote sensing field and analyzing the satellite imagery data, by participating in scientific presentations, meetings and conferences.

    I am currently working as technical leader in Zweckverband Gigabit Landkreis Göppingen, and I work with a large range of telecommunication network data as a GIS specialist. The goal of our public private partnership (PPP) infrastructure project is to develop the extensive broadband and optical fiber technology for the region of Stuttgart and the Göppingen district until 2030. The knowledge I gained from the master studies in Hannover has enabled me in interpreting and analyzing the geospatial data, which are consequently used for the planning purposes. Within my range of responsibilities, I participate in the meetings and discuss the issues with the experts within and outside the project.

    I would recommend this master program to the prospective students who have the passion of learning various geodetic topics. Besides, Hannover offers a convenient environment for the students, including affordable rent, well-integrated public transportation, and many international students.

Jens Golze, Germany (M. Sc. 2019)

Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics

"The study of the Master programme "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" means to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world. As a German student who is not from Hannover, it is a wonderful experience to come to a new place, and explore it together with the new colleagues."

  • read more about Jens's experience

    The study of the Master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" means to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world. As a German student who is not from Hannover, it is a wonderful experience to come to a new place, and explore it together with the new colleagues. The four different institutes provide a large variety of geoscience topics in which you can specialize in lectures, exercises, and seminars.

    During my studies, I concentrated mostly on the Geoinformatics aspects of the program which focus on the analysis of crowd-sourced trajectory data, web implementations and the analysis of sensor platform data such as Lidar measurements derived from a mobile mapping system (MMS). After the first semesters I worked as a HiWi student at the Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation (IPI). During this work, I got involved in the practice of holding practical exercises and correcting assignment.

    After my graduation I started working at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics at the Leibniz University Hannover, in the field of movement data analysis and teaching.

Rozhin Moftizadeh, Iran (M. Sc. 2019)

Geodetic Institute

"I expected to face many difficulties in Germany. However, despite my presumptions, I was welcomed by a city with a spectacular nature, warm-hearted people and a university community which was motivating, helpful, and provided all means that one needs for studying and engaging in a scientific field."

  • read more about Rozhin's experience

    Coming from a totally different culture and an educational system which practiced on a whole different level, I expected to face many difficulties in Germany when I moved here to start my master studies in Geodesy and Geoinformatics at the Leibniz University Hanover. However, despite my presumptions, I was welcomed by a city with a spectacular nature, warm-hearted people and a university community which was motivating, helpful, and provided all means that one needs for studying and engaging in a scientific field.

    Geodesy and Geoinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of study, which has a broad aspect, giving a great opportunity to those who are interested not only in engineering, but also computer science and programming. In this field of study at this university, I had the opportunity to not only learn the theoretical content, but also their practical aspects by means of helpful exercises that were to be accomplished in different courses. Most of the exams were held in oral form, which greatly helped to always see the big picture and to not get lost in details that were already covered in the exercises.

    As a graduate of this field of study and now doing my doctorates in the same field at the same university, I can strongly recommend it to all those who are interested to dive more into detail in Geodesy and Geoinformatics.

  • Sercan Cakir M.Sc: Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden

    Sercan Cakir M.Sc.

    “This programme will let you widen your perspective on real-world problems.”

    I am working as a research assistant in the research area of Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space Development at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden. My tasks within the project that I am involved in includes contributing to the development of a webapp by developing a spatial decision support system, supporting the project and colleagues at various levels, and conducting a comprehensive research related to the project.

    My previous job was in a different area where I had to deal with state of the art technology within non-spatial data. During that time, I was still able to contribute to the projects with my knowledge and experience on handling wide range of datasets, which I gained during my master’s study in Hannover.

    Thanks to all the assignments and projects of this programme, which in the beginning might seem a bit intimidating, I am now confident when talking about my job. Therefore, I am grateful for being a graduate of this programme. It is also worth mentioning that this programme provides the opportunity of making many friends from various countries and easy accessibility to the professors, researchers and lecturers at all the institutes.

    If you allow this programme improve you and shape your skills, lots of valuable doors will be opened in the future.

  • Ayse Sahin M. Sc.: Company for optical 3D Measurements

    Ayse Sahin M. Sc.

    "My biggest responsibility is to decide for the right measuring method, according to the condition and the goal of each project."

    I am working as a geodesist in a company for optical 3D measurements. I do the industrial quality control using close range photogrammetry methods mainly for automotive, aircraft industries and in a wide field of engineering, technology and education. My biggest responsibility is to decide for the right measuring method, according to the condition and the goal of each project. In this sense, I use my photogrammetry knowledge, which I gained in my Geodesy and Geoinformatics education at Leibniz University Hannover. Especially the specialised lectures and projects in the same field helped me to solve various engineering problems.

    Geodesists have the advantage to work in a very wide field, regarding the development of technologies and cities in consideration of the needs of a growing population. As a student of Geodesy and Geoinformatics at LUH, I had the opportunity to get to know these working areas during my education and specialize in a field with the support of a very professional team.

  • Claudia Gottschalk M.Sc.: Railway Maintenance and Construction

    Claudia Gottschalk M.Sc.

    "The current job opportunities for geodesists are excellent."

    The master’s programme Geodesy and Geoinformatics was very helpful for my current position as project engineer and team leader for surveying in railway maintenance and construction.

    The current job opportunities for geodesists are excellent. I see good entry possibilities in the public service, research departments of vehicle companies or suppliers, software development, and also in the classical survey services in cadastre or construction companies.

    I would study in Hannover again, because it is a small study course with very good supervision. The teachers are very helpful and the students know each other. I still have contact to other alumni and we share information about the different tasks in our jobs.

    From time to time during my studies, examination periods seemed to be very stressful – but today I am grateful that I’ve developed such good organization skills during my studies to deal with all the orders I get every day. Now I have much know-how to solve problems and give tailor-made solutions to my customers.

  • Yu Feng M.Sc.: Leibniz University Hannover

    Yu Feng M.Sc.

    "At the end, you will really find you’ve learnt something useful for your subsequent career."

    The master’s programme Geodesy and Geoinformatics, in Hannover, greatly helped in my current work. As I work on a research project on rainfall prediction based on crowd sourcing, the previous learnt knowledge during the master course gives me a pretty good basis.

    I think I would choose my master study in Hannover again. Even though it involves a lot of homework, most of it is really worth doing. Frankly speaking, it’s not very easy. But if you visit the lectures and do your homework well, the examination will not be hard. At the end, you will really find you’ve learnt something useful for your subsequent career.

    An important aspect is also the contacts I gathered. Many of my previous colleagues still work on their projects or PhD topics at the institutes. And I also have contact to the others who are working in companies.

    I hold an optimistic view of the job perspective of this field. As science and technologies develop continuously, we are able to interpret more and more spatial information from the data we collect, using different sensors and measurement tools. This information may benefit administrations, automobile companies and also individuals, to improve their understanding of the world. Therefore, there will always be chances for students who have a background in Geodesy and Geoinformatics.

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