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Master's Degree Programme Geodesy

Measuring the world both globally and locally, preparing and analysing geographic data and information, using satellite-based technologies or contributing to the development of new measuring systems and sensors – the master’s degree programme Geodesy at TU Graz covers all of those aspects and a lot more besides!

You can organise your studies individually according to your interests and focus on two or more specialist fields of geodesy. You’ll become an expert in a whole range of subjects such as cadastre, engineering geodesy, satellite geodesy, navigation, remote sensing and photogrammetry or geoinformation.


  • You enhance and deepen your academic and practical knowledge on geodesy and focus on individual choices.
  • You learn all about innovative methods and technologies in geodesy and apply them in practice-based projects.
  • You acquire the ability to independently tackle complex and novel problems in various areas of geodesy.
  • You adopt a geodetic way of thinking – i.e. a combination of engineering-based knowledge and familiarity with practical methods, as well as analytic thinking and a profound ability to resolve problems.
  • Beyond that, you gain knowledge about starting up and running a business.

Specialisation Areas

You specialise in two or more geodetic fields that are highly relevant both in the scientific community and on the employment market.


  • You work in the Austrian cadaster and deal with international land management.
  • You guarantee legal certainty in real estate matters.
  • You assess real estate taking into account land-use planning and building laws.

Engineering Geodesy

  • You monitor landslides and steer tunnel boring machines.
  • You develop fully automated structural health monitoring systems for bridges and water dams.
  • You scan the real world in 3D and create virtual reality models and 3D prints.

Physical Geodesy and Satellite Geodesy

  • You observe and model the Earth’s dynamic system in the context of global climate change.
  • You process and analyse satellite data from the tool in outer space to the geophysical cause on Earth.


  • You focus on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), primarily on GPS and the European system, GALILEO.
  • You develop navigation systems, e.g. for vehicles, pedestrians and drones both indoors and outdoors, using methods of sensor fusion.

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

  • You use aircraft and satellite-borne sensors to derive valuable information about the surface of the Earth. Such data is then used to monitor the environment, for example.
  • You use photogrammetric methods for a survey from which you reconstruct objects, create 3D models of buildings or detect changes in glaciers.


  • You collect spatial data from objects and phenomena on Earth which you analyse and visualise with the help of information technologies.
  • You possess knowledge that enables you to calculate spatial decision-making bases from large datasets, to simulate future planning scenarios and harmonise heterogeneous spatial data collections on-the-fly.
Two students and a teacher look through 3D glasses at a screen with a simulation.
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin or Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing. or DI), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: German
    Some courses in English.

Curriculum (in German)

Semester plan

Folder (in German): Geodesy and career opportunities

Folder (in German): Geodesy degree programmes

Karin Mascher
Karin Mascher, graduate, university project assistant at the Institute of Geodesy at TU Graz

In the master’s degree programme Geodesy, I deepened my knowledge of navigation and satellite geodesy. Fortunately, I was able to conduct my master’s thesis work directly in the context of a current research project. I find the topic of combining different sensors, for example, to develop a robust navigation system for pedestrians very exciting and promising for the future.

Career Options

Geodesists are in demand both nationally and internationally, especially in areas requiring the collection and interpretation of geographic data and information derived from terrestrial, aerial imagery and satellite-based sources, but also the development of novel engineering geodesy measuring systems and provision of geoinformation, positioning and navigation technologies.

Graduates can expect to work

  • as engineering consultants for surveying.
  • as executive staff in technical offices.
  • for power supply companies.
  • for larger construction companies.
  • for software development firms.
  • for survey departments of public authorities, federal provinces and municipalities.
  • for service providers in the area of information technologies.
  • for manufacturers of geodetic tools and various industrial companies.
  • in science and research.
Aladin Kaltak
Aladin Kaltak, graduate of the master's degree programme in Geodesy

I am proud to be part of a profession that can measure distances down to a few millimetres as well as distances across continents and oceans and even in the universe beyond the earth. Nobody else can match our skills in this area!

Admission Requirements

The admission of graduates of the following bachelor's degree programmes is granted without further stipulations:

  • Geodesy, TU Graz
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformation, TU Wien
  • Geomatik und Planung, ETH Zurich
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformation, University of Bonn
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformation, TU Darmstadt
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformation, TU Desden
  • Geomatik, HafenCity University Hamburg
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformatik, Leibniz University Hannover
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformatik, KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Geodäsie und Geoinformation, Technical University of Munich
  • Geodäsie & Geoinformatik, University of Stuttgart

Graduates of other bachelor’s degree programmes should register with the responsible representative at the Registrar's Office.

Admission Deadlines

Winter semester 2021/22:

12 July to 30 November 2021

Summer semester 2022:

10 January to 30 April 2022

Further informationen on registration and admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Information and Advice for Prospective Students