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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.


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!


  • 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.

What students say


As a graduate you work in various fields of engineering and natural sciences. With a strong background in research, you are prepared to take over leading positions in universities, research agencies, national and international organizations.

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.


  • 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.



Dipl.-Ing. Tanja Grönefeld
Programme Coordinator
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Dr. Nadja Pierau
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