As a domain of applied computer science, geoinformatics deals with the collection, processing and provision of digital spatial information, known as geoinformation. Whether in the area of mobility, telecommunications, environmental sciences or insurance, geoinformation plays a central role in almost all sectors. Our Geoinformatics programme teaches you all the skills you need to be able to use and process digital geoinformation in numerous application contexts – be it through the analysis of complex geodata, the setting up and further development of geoinformation systems or the design of map-based apps.
Anonymity or a feeling of being lost in the crowd are and remain alien to us. At the beginning of the programme, preliminary courses, an induction week with a tour of the campus, talks, a freshers’ project, barbecues together and evening events make it easier for you to embark on this new phase in your life. During your studies, close personal contact to lecturers and other staff as well as tutorials ensure that you achieve optimum results within a manageable time frame.
Geoinformatics graduates have excellent career prospects in a profession where the future is secure and demand very high. Many varied and exciting job opportunities await you in business, public administration and research:
- Industry / private service sector: e.g. software houses, IT consulting, mobile telecommunications, automobile industry, insurance, water and energy supply, logistics, navigation, waste management, leisure and tourism
- Public administration, e.g. surveying and geoinformation departments, environmental monitoring, civil protection, urban planning, regional planning
- Research: Higher education, research institutions, industry
Admission to the programme is conditional on a higher education entrance qualification. You require one of the following:
- Higher education entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife)
- General higher education entrance qualification: German Abitur
- An entrance qualification recognised as equivalent
In the case of the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, a differentiation is often made between the academic part and the practical part. The academic part is completed at school. The practical part can be a completed training course (e.g. apprenticeship) or a 6 or 12-month guided work placement. As a rule, which type of work placement you require in order to be entitled to study is indicated on your certificate. If you are unsure, please contact your school.
If you have obtained your entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences in a federal state other than North Rhine-Westphalia, please check your certificate to see if it is also valid here.
Subject-related work placement:
- Not required
In the first year, you receive an introduction to studying and get off to a sound start in the technical and engineering fundamentals of geoinformatics. You familiarise yourself with the special features of spatial contexts through a thorough introduction to surveying principles. In addition, you are taught key skills in the areas of technical English as well as law and administration studies.
The first semester is identical for our bachelor’s degrees in Geoinformatics and Surveying. This new approach pursues the following objectives:
- Creation of a better social fabric between students of the two programmes
- Solid teaching of the fundamentals relevant for both fields of study
- Possibility to switch programmes after the first subject-related semester without disadvantage
In the second year, the focus lies on advanced studies in the subject. In addition, you are taught key skills related to project management, business administration, technology assessment and sustainability.
In the third year, alongside further advanced studies in the subject, you have the possibility to align your studies even better with your interests and future career plans by selecting four advanced modules.
The 7th semester comprises a seminar and the 12-week practical phase. The programme ends with your 10-week bachelor’s thesis.