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Geodesy (MEng)

Highly qualified geodesists are more in demand than ever. The labour market offers excellent conditions for creative and competent specialists to develop their careers.

The Master's degree programme in Geodesy provides a scientific and research-oriented education that qualifies students for independent work in functional and management positions in the private sector, public administration and research and development.

In addition to in-depth foundations in mathematics and parameter estimation, advanced modules are offered in the three areas of land management, measurement technology and geoinformatics. The elective modules Earth Measurement, Interdisciplinary BIM (Building Information Modelling)Seminar, Fundamentals of BIM-based Collaboration and International Summer School offer the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest. In addition, you can take 2 further modules, for example from the Ruhr Master School's wide range of courses such as Geovisualisation and Human-Computer Interaction, Usability Engineering or Cyber Security. The Sustainability and Corporate Management module rounds off the outstanding training of tomorrow's managers. In contrast to the Bachelor's programme, many study modules take place in seminar form in order to promote teamwork and independent and autonomous working methods.

Incidentally, this Master's degree qualifies you for a traineeship in the higher surveying administration service (if you choose the right modules during your studies).

*For documents such as exam regulations and module handbook, please visit the programme's german page.

Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree programme in Geodesy is a qualified Bachelor's degree (210 credit points) from a state or state-recognised university or an equivalent degree in a degree programme in the field of Geodesy or in a related degree programme, e.g. Surveying, Surveying. The decision as to whether a degree programme is related is made by the examination board.

A positive decision can be linked to the requirement to complete certain modules to compensate for missing work. The modules must be successfully completed by the time of registration for the Master's thesis. Otherwise, the provisions of § 5 of the degree programme examination regulations apply.

Graduates of a Bachelor's degree programme with fewer than 210 credit points who otherwise fulfil the admission requirements may be admitted to the Master's degree programme subject to the condition that they provide evidence of additional credits to make up for the credit points missing up to the limit of 210 credit points by the time they register for the Master's thesis. As a rule, the scope of the additional credits comprises 30 credit points, corresponding to one semester. You can find specific explanations on this under § 5 of the degree programme examination regulations.

Applicants who have not acquired their admission requirements at a German-speaking institution must provide proof of the German language skills required for the degree programme at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Website on German language skills.

Applicants with qualifications acquired abroad can be admitted on application, provided that equivalence is proven.

Further information for applicants with foreign educational certificates can be found on the website of the International Office.

International prospective students

As an international applicant, please note the German language skills required for this degree programme.

Study structure

In-depth basics: 

  • Advanced mathematics 
  • Parameter estimation

Land management geoinformatics: 

  • Land management and sustainable land management
  • Real estate cadastre
  • Property management
  • Property valuation
  • Geodata infrastructures 
  • Geodata management
  • Spatial decision support

Measurement technology: 

  • Time series analysis Kalman filtering
  • Geodetic monitoring
  • Kinematic measurement technology
  • Industrial metrology I + II
  • Sensor programming and integration
  • Modelling and processing of point clouds

General elective modules: 

  • Earth measurement
  • Interdisciplinary BIM seminar
  • Fundamentals of BIM-based collaboration
  • International Summer School 

Interdisciplinary modules: 

  • Sustainability and Corporate Management