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Bachelor's Degree Programme Geodesy

Do you want to observe the effects of climate change, know how GPS works, or design 3D models for augmented reality? The fields of application for geodesy are almost unlimited. In the TU Graz Bachelor's Degree Programme Geodesy, you learn how to collect, understand and use geodata using state-of-the-art methods. These skills enable you to manage what is probably most important resource of the 21st century.

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Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 6 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 180
  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Language of instruction: German

The Bachelor's Programme

In this degree programme, you will deepen your scientific knowledge and learn more about the geometric and physical relationships of the Earth and space, as well as how they change. You will observe natural phenomena, analyse associated geodata, and recognise future developments in advance.

  • You will study satellite orbits and learn about the dynamic systems of Earth.
  • You will use land-, aerial-, and satellite-based measurement methods and information technologies, e.g. through remote sensing.
  • You will collect, analyse, and visualise geodata (e.g. live sensor data) and prepare data to use for online mapping services.
  • You will develop solutions for positioning and the navigation of objects on Earth, in water, and in the air.
  • You will measure objects on the Earth's surface down to the millimetre range and create digital twins.
  • You will monitor engineering structures such as bridges, tunnels (e.g. the tunnel control system in the Semmering Base Tunnel) and dams, as well as natural phenomena such as glaciers and landslides.
  • You will learn methods that you can use to determine the Earth's gravitational field.

With the knowledge you have acquired and the practical experience you have gained through exciting field exercises and excursions, you will be excellently prepared to meet challenges after graduation.
 

Curriculum (in German)

Semester plan

Geodesy at TU Graz

Focus Areas

You will acquire specialised knowledge in the following subjects:

Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science: You will acquire scientific knowledge and learn how to perform object-oriented programming in order to formulate and solve fundamental geodetic problems.

Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry: You will gain an understanding of the technologies used to record data on the Earth's surface. You will be given the tools to recognise and solve spatial problems by learning how to acquire, manage, analyse and visualise geodata.

Navigation: You will become familiar with the theoretical principles that apply to satellite-based positioning in navigation.

Physical Geodesy and Satellite Geodesy: You will learn more about the physical causes of satellite movement, as well as how to investigate and interpret measurements and determine the Earth's gravity field.

Statistics: You will acquire basic knowledge in the areas of adjustment calculation, variance propagation, statistical data analysis, and hypothesis testing.

Surveying, Engineering Geodesy, Cadastre: You will acquire extensive knowledge in surveying, enabling you to ensure and evaluate the quality of the measured data. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic engineering geodetic methods.

 

Katharina Göschl
Katharina Göschl, bachelor's degree student in Geodesy

I am studying geodesy because I am interested in how engineering projects are implemented beyond surveying. During my degree programme I am already working with the different methods in planning, calculation and implementation common in tunnel or bridge construction or dam and slope monitoring.

Thomas Lercher
Thomas Lercher, bachelor's degree student in Geodesy

I recommend the degree course on geodesy to everyone who is interested in exploring the earth and geospace with the latest methods and technologies. It is exciting to learn about such a wide spectrum of activities as surveying, analysis of satellite data and representation of geodata. Analyzing changes in the environment and developing predictions of future developments are topics I find especially interesting.

Geodesy Engineering in Research and Industry

Geodesy is currently one of the more rapidly growing industries worldwide. It provides essential knowledge that enables people to meet local and global challenges. Due to the huge demand for geo-targeted solutions, there are countless opportunities to develop new methods.

These range from the study of climate change (Change Monitoring of System Earth) to technologies applied in disaster control and from automated monitoring of structures and natural systems (e.g. dams and glaciers) to the development of navigation systems and motion profiles in the automation of vehicles, drones, and agricultural machinery.

Because it involves the collection of data from space, the air, and the Earth's surface, the study of geodesy covers a wide range and makes indispensable international contributions. Students can already gain practical experience in their bachelor's degree programme through close contacts with representatives of local industry and renowned research institutions.

Laura Elmer
Laura Elmer, bachelor's degree student in Geodesy

Getting to use these modern geotechnologies strengthened my decision to enrol in this degree programme. During my studies, I became familiar with numerous possibilities for obtaining up-to-date information from the Earth using remote sensing. I can use all of my strengths especially in the evaluation and display of 3D objects, which were recorded with drones or laser scanners.

Admission

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2021

General admission period: 11 January to 5 February 2021

Additional admission period: 6 February to 30 April 2021

Winter semester 2021/22

General admission period: 12 July to 5 September 2021

Additional admission period: 6 September to 30 November 2021

Supplementary examination

If you are required to take the supplementary examination "Descriptive Geometry" when you are admitted to the Geodesy programme, you can take it during the bachelor's programme.

More information about the supplementary exam

Information and Advice

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Perspectives for Graduates

Professional Fields

The number of available positions is significantly higher than the number of graduates, both nationally and internationally.

Geodesists work

  • as executives and members of management teams in consulting companies, technical offices, and administrative offices;
  • freelance, as state-authorised and court-certified engineering consultants;
  • to support the establishment of a start-up (e.g. in location-based apps and in Open Data environments);
  • in earth science research and development;
  • in the evaluation and analysis of satellite data;
  • by providing information technology services; and
  • in industry (surveying industry, smart manufacturing).

In addition, you qualify to enter advanced master's degree programmes in all areas of geodesy.

Advanced Master’s Degree Programmes

After completing the bachelor's degree programme, you can directly enrol in the following master’s degree programmes at TU Graz:

If you are interested in other master’s degree programmes at TU Graz, you can find information about admission on the respective pages for the master’s degree programmes.

In addition, the bachelor's degree offers you the opportunity to apply internationally for master's degree programmes.