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Bachelor programme Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering

Study Code E 033 221 - Bachelor programme Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
Duration of Study 6 Semesters
Credits 180 ECTS
Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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Qualification profile

If you have an interest in geoscience, think topics such as climate change, natural catastrophes, resource management, and mobility and development of urban and natural areas are important and want to learn more about the underlying processes and their interactions in the Earth's system, you have come to the right place. These interests and a basic understand of mathematics, computer science, physics and navigation characterise our students.

The ability to reliably identify, model and link spatial contexts and their chronological change and to convey this to the general public is growing in importance. The Measurement and Geoinformation course at TU Wien meets this challenge with the comprehensive study it provides.

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Course content

Geodesy is the science that deals with the measurement and representation of the Earth's surface, including the determination of the Earth's geometrical shape (taking ocean floors into account), its gravitational field and its orientation in the universe. On one hand, geodesy combines astronomy and geophysics; on the other, many geodetic measuring techniques fall under engineering science.
Geoinformatics deals with the character and function of geographical information and its representation and conveyance in the form of maps and interactive geographical information systems.
The Geodesy and Geoinformatics bachelor's course especially provides practical study of applied geodesy and geoinformation and thus enabled students to enter the working world immediately after completion of the course.

Knowledge and understanding

Students with sound knowledge of basic mathematics, physics and IT will be able to achieve the prescribed learning objectives. This course is characterised by its in-depth scientific aspects, strong practical emphasis and interdisciplinary orientation. Introductory lectures in relevant disciplines ensure that students receive the broad education required for further study in one of the three master's courses: Measurement and Land Registry, Geodesy and Geophysics, Geoinformation and Cartography — or further study in related courses both in and out of Austria.

Relevant Skills

The Geodesy and Geoinformatics bachelor's course imparts foundational knowledge for the understanding of geodetic measuring techniques, reference systems, satellite navigation and observation of the Earth, geophysical processes and terrestrial and aircraft-mounted laser scanning. Geographical information systems are also part of the course, as are the main features of cartographic representation and the creation of interactive maps for the internet. Graduates will have carried out practical measurements and operated realistic software packages. Study is supplemented by legal and economic subjects.

Social Skills

Graduates will be able to use new technologies to benefit the general public. They will be able to work creatively in a team and with additional practical experience, to be a responsible team leader. They will also be adept at efficiently presenting results and will speak English to a high proficiency so that they can work at an international level.

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Career prospects

Career prospects are varied, ranging from employment in the public sector, engineering consultancy firms and software development, to work in engineering companies, for energy suppliers and in telecommunications. However, it is recommended to take one of the master's courses based on the bachelor's course as a basis for independent consultancy work or for further work in research and development, e.g. for satellite operators and space agencies. All things considered, this field opens the door to excellent career opportunities.

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