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Geodesy and Geoinformation

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Geodesy deals with the documentation of the anthroposphere through the use of surveys conducted at ground level, from the air and from outer space, as well as with the processing and representation of geoinformation.

Department of Aerospace and Geodesy

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The objective of geodesy is the documentation of the anthroposphere through the use of surveys and geoinformation, and the representation of the latter according to the task at hand. Geodata describe, order, and register human habitats according to particular characteristics, and also contribute to shaping and changing these habitats.

In addition to classic measuring instruments such as theodolites, laser scanners, and cameras, geodata is used in information systems, modern satellite technology and digital remote sensors. Geodesists develop automatic, computer-based procedures for the collection, processing, analysis and visualization of spatial information. The diversity of surveys ranges from global satellite-based surveys of the Earth through surveys of regions using airplanes to the terrestrial surveys of construction works and machines performed by engineers onsite. The geoinformation extracted from geodata provides citizens with the basis for legal clarity in the context of administrative and planning authorities and is prerequisite for creative, organizational and planning measures. Geodetic measuring procedures now play an increasingly significant role in catastrophe management, the monitoring of environmental risk, as well as in the exploration of the Earth system and of planets.

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

During the first and second semesters, focus is placed on the acquisition of fundamental knowledge. The emphasis is on mathematical, physical and legal foundations, as well as the techniques required for conducting surveys.

From the third to the sixth semester, the focus shifts to the scientific knowledge of engineering in all core areas of geodesy and geoinformation. This relates to the sensors used in engineering surveys, photogrammetry and remote sensing, higher geodesy and satellite geodesy, as well as the procedures undertaken in assessing the data recorded.

The program concludes with the bachelor's thesis, in which the methodological, disciplinary and practical skills acquired converge and are applied.

Within the context of the program, a five-week external internship must be completed

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate of the program, you have at your disposal a wide repertoire of foundational competencies relating to the discipline and its methodologies. These cover survey and remote sensing technologies, as well as geoinformation and spatial planning. You are able to document, analyze and visualize changes in the human environment. In the area of spatial informatics, you are able to apply specialist methods in order to solve problems. You possess sound knowledge of the collection, processing and visualization of precise geoinformation.

Within the context of the program, you acquire insight into the various areas of geodesy. You are familiar with the application of the relevant fundamental methods and instruments required for land and construction surveys, higher geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sensing, satellite geodesy, cartography and spatial informatics, as well as land and urban development.

Furthermore, you have developed a deepened understanding of spatial dynamics. Given the program's interdisciplinary approach, you also have a grasp of the legal context in which you conduct your activities. You are just as familiar with concepts of spatial planning as you are with assessing sites and properties and with land regulation measures in rural and urban settings.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

If you decide to embark on a career after completing the bachelor's program in Geodesy and Geoinformation, opportunities arise in the private sector, including surveying and planning consultancies, hardware and software development, automobile industry, as well as in state and local authorities responsible for surveying and land development.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist  

In detail:

How do I apply? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

How does the application process work? [Bachelor]

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents. 

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01. 

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline

When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before 15.07. (winter semester) or 15.01. (summer semester) and submit proof of your German language proficiency before the application deadline.

Should you wish to apply as a qualified professional, please submit proof of successfully completing at least 2 years of vocational training and of at least 3 years of subsequent full-time work experience before the application deadline.

Please also submit the other required documents by the end of the application deadline so we can process your application.

If individual documents (except the above listed) are not available to you in time, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

This is a program with unrestricted access. There is no selection procedure.  You will receive confirmation of your application after submission of the online application and all documents in a formally correct manner by the deadline. 

In detail: 

Do I have to complete an internship?

The course requires an internship of in total five weeks at various appointments in industry, administration or research.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program. 

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