Geodesy and Geoinformatics
(Bachelor of Science)

A man takes measurements outside using a device. © Geodätisches Institut
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Course type
Undergraduate studies (1 Subject bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Measuring the earth is a modern science. In addition to classic measuring tools, geodesists and geoinformatics specialists use modern satellite technology for remote sensing and positioning. They develop automatic, computer-assisted methods to collect, process, analyse and visualise spatial information.

Geodesy and geoinformatics encompasses regional and urban development issues and the development of geographic information systems, while acquiring, managing and visualising data to make varied use of this data. Graduates are involved in the development of vehicle navigation systems; they measure the deformation of dams, continental drifts and sea level rises. Geodesy and geoinformatics is a mixture of engineering and earth sciences underpinned by mathematics and physics, with close links to law, environmental and social sciences.

Embracing the manifold tasks involved in the subject and the ever-changing demands and methods, the Geodesy and Geoinformatics degree programme at Leibniz Universität Hannover covers a wide range of subjects. Courses take a practical approach. By introducing the first degree with a professional qualification after six semesters, learning objectives are met at an early stage.

Course Content

  • Cartography
  • Engineering geodesy
  • Geodetic data analysis and statistics
  • Geoinformatics
  • GNSS and satellite geodesy
  • Navigation
  • Mathematics
  • Photogrammetry and image processing
  • Surveying
  • Urban and regional planning
Course Structure

The first semesters are devoted to the necessary foundations in mathematics, physics, computer science and the subject-specific basics of geodesy and geoinformatics, surveying, curve fitting and statistics. Students learn programming languages and the foundations of database systems and digital image processing. Further on in the course, students additionally take special subjects such as positioning and navigation, remote sensing, and monitoring environmental change using aerial and satellite images.

Cutting-edge research methods and results are directly incorporated into the programme’s seminars, projects and Bachelor’s theses. Students are therefore given the opportunity to specialise and focus on specific areas without limiting their career options.

Recommended Abilities

Students should enjoy using computers and should be interested in the links between mathematics and science. The ideal students are also open to new lines of scientific enquiry, creative, open to criticism and responsible-minded.
English language skills are beneficial but not essential.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work as self-employed, publicly appointed surveyors, and for suppliers of geodetic measuring and evaluation systems, for software manufacturers and geo-information service providers, and also as engineers in the automotive or construction industry, for example.

In the public sector, they are employed by surveying authorities and in spatial planning. Many vacancies for geodesists and geoinformatics specialists are available at present not only in the private sector, but also with authorities.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

This degree programme is admission-free.
If you did not graduate from a German school nor have a German higher education entrance qualification (for example, the Abitur), a language certificate proving your knowledge of German is required for the application and enrollment.

Application Deadlines

01.06.-30.09. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only enrol for the winter semester.
  • Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application for a higher semester) can also enrol for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th).
  • Requirements for applications from non-EU countries:
    • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg)
    • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

Geodesy and Geoinformatics (B.Sc.)

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover