Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points

Language of instruction: English

Limited capacity:
First semester: no
Higher semester: no
Application possible for:
First semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
German and EU nationals
First semester: June 15 for winter term, November 30 for summer term
Higher semester: June 15 for winter term, November 30 for summer term
Non-EU nationals
First semester: June 15 for winter term, November 30 for summer term
Higher semester: June 15 for winter term, November 30 for summer term

Degree and duration

Regular program length of 2 years leading to a "Master of Science (M.Sc.)" degree; 120 credit points (corresponding to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be completed. Individual prorgram length may differ from regular program length.

Program structure

The goal of this MSc program is to convey the ability to independently apply scientific knowledge and methods to evaluate and solve complex scientific and social problems. To this end, a mixture of basic skills and advanced methods and applications make up the program.

The credit points (CP) total is 120. They are distributed over the different courses as follows:

  • Remote Sensing 23 CP
  • Mathematics and Beyond 15 CP
  • Profile Courses 20 CP
  • Supplementary Modules 8 CP
  • Lab Rotation 20 CP
  • Interdisciplinary Qualifications 4 CP
  • Master Thesis 30 CP

Profile courses

Students can choose from six profiles with each a combination of two of the following topic areas:

  • Computer Vision
  • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
  • Environmental Geodesy
  • Geoinformatics

Graduates of the English-language M.Sc. program "Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics" are qualified for scientific work (e.g. at universities and international research institutions), they can take up qualified employment related to the study program. Furthermore, they can contribute to the solution of civil society questions and continuously develop their own personality.

Students understand current methods and approaches of remote sensing, computer vision and geoinformatics as well as Earth observation. They assess the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches in relation to concrete problems. Furthermore, they select methods in a target-oriented manner and apply them adequately. In addition, they adapt existing methodologies and transfer approaches to new areas of application and research. Students interpret findings obtained from the application of the learned methodology scientifically and socially and correctly classify them. Students coordinate collaborative work and communicate gained knowledge competently.

Excerpt from the diploma supplement of the study program

Graduates of the degree program Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics can work in all areas where geodata is surveyed, collected, analyzed, visualized and interpreted by help of modern information technology and digital media: from automobile industry to development of appliances and electronics industry, software development, construction businesses, engineering offices, public administration and agencies to international air and space organisations. Not only is a direct start in a professional career possible, graduates with excellent accomplishments may also choose to do a doctorate which opens the possibility for a future career in research and teaching.

  • future-oriented engineering program (specialization in mathematics and natural science)
  • interdisciplinary focus, with a specific connection to computer science and geosciences
  • study work in small, well supervised groups
  • large percentage of practical experience (exercises, project work)
  • research-oriented teaching through active involvement in research and engineering projects
  • campus close to the city

Admission requirements to the master's degree program in Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics are found in the current admission regulations. A rough overview:

  • a completed bachelor’s or equivalent degree of at least 3 years duration and based on a minimum of 180 ECTS credit points in the fields of physical-natural sciences, engineering-information technology and especially geodesy or geoinformatics-affine or geoscientific fields
  • necessary minimum requirements completed in the bachelor program in
    • mathematics, statistics, physics and / or mechanics of 25 credit points
    • (geo) computer sciences, image processing, remote sensing, photogrammetry, geosciences, geodesy and / or cartography of 30 credit points
  • proof of sufficient knowledge of English of at least B2 level according to the Common European Framework for Reference; this means for example: Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 90 in the internet-based test or IELTS with a minimum score of 6,.5 and no section under 5.5 or an equivalent certificate
    • this proof of knowledge of the English language does not apply to applicants who have completed their high school or universitry education in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand or to applicants who have completed a degree program at a university in the European Economic Area or Switzerland with English as the sole language of instruction

Application for the 1st semester

Application portal for summer term
opens in November.

Application for a higher semester

Application portal for summer term
opens in November.
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