M.Sc. Geography - Geomatics and Surveying

University of Liège

Application deadline: April 30, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 835 / Year (EEA)
  • € 3,845 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • French
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Geomatics is the discipline that covers the methods for collecting, storing, managing, processing, analysing and delivering spatially referenced (or geographic) information in a digital format. This field is in full boom, at the crossroads of geography and computer science, and includes satellite positioning systems, geographic information systems, satellite remote sensing, etc.

Geometrology is, in a strict sense, the "geometrician's science", i.e. a set of methods and techniques such as topography, topometry but also expertise (on legal or construction-related matters) and land administration (cadastre).

These two disciplines - geomatics and geometrology - are strongly interrelated, hence their being grouped into a single master programme.

Since 1992, the University of Liège has been the only French-speaking university in Belgium to offer programmes in this field. This master is the only one that allows graduates to legally work as land surveyors.

Requirements

The requirements to access to the master programmes are regulated by articles 51 to 53 of the decree of 31 March 2004 defining higher education, promoting its integration into the European Higher Education Area, and refinancing universities.

The master programmes are open to students who hold one of the following:

* a bachelor in the same curriculum;
* the same master with a different focus;
* a university degree, subject to the academic authorities' decision and to additional requirements defined by them;
* a long course academic degree granting access to the master, subject to a decision by the government and to additional requirements defined by it;
* an academic degree similar to those mentioned above, delivered under the same conditions by the Flemish Community, the German-speaking Community or the Royal Military Academy;
* a foreign academic degree recognised as equivalent to those mentioned above in application of the aforementioned decree, of a European directive or of an international convention, under the same conditions.

The additional requirements are designed to ensure students have sufficient knowledge of the subjects required for the intended studies.When these additional requirements consist in one or several additional courses, they cannot add more than 15 credits in total to the student's course load, considering all other credits counting towards their admission.These courses are included into the curriculum of their master programme.

Master programmes are also open to students who, in order to earn the bachelor in the same curriculum, must still pass no more than 12 credits and are registered for those courses.

Master programmes, possibly subject to additional courses worth no more than 60 credits (when this added course load is over 15 credits, it must be taken as a preparatory year), are open to students who hold one of the following:

* another bachelor-level degree delivered by the French Community (professional bachelor or transition bachelor from a non-university institute of higher education), granting access to the master following a decision by the government and subject to the additional requirements defined by it;
* a similar academic degree, delivered by the Flemish Community, the German-speaking Community or at the Royal Military Academy, or a foreign academic degree recognised as equivalent;
* a bachelor-level degree delivered by a Belgian university or a foreign institute of higher education can the admissions jury can value at 180 credits or more.

knowledge and skills, acquired through personal or professional experience, that can be recognised by the admissions jury. This relevant experience must be equivalent to at least five years of professional activity, not taking into account failed years of higher education. At the conclusion of an evaluation process organised by the academic authorities, the admissions jury judges whether the student's skills and knowledge allow them to successfully pursue the programme.

Funding

There are several different sources of funding for research. Some claim that research financing is insufficient, even if significant efforts are made on a regional level, national level ("State grant for research"), and European level. The ULg intends to take advantage of these opportunities to continue to develop a research of quality and excellence. Private partners also provide significant support for the development of applied research.

The large fractioning of financial support for research and the ever-increasing complexity of administrative formalities have led the ULg to develop strong support services for the research teams. The Research and Development Administration is organised to meet with the large challenges imposed by support and administrative management of public contractual research projects, whereas the Industries-University Interface ensures support for direct research projects with companies. The quality of this administrative support relies of course on the professional attitude of its agents and the relationship of trust established with the researchers, but it is also the result of teamwork in which the other administrations of the ULg take part: Legal Affairs Department, Financial Resources Administration, Human Resources Administration.

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