Master in Geography : Geomatics and Surveying, University of Liège
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.
The master in Geography, with an orientation in geomatics and geometrology, is spead out across 2 years and offers a single professional focus. The 1st year includes advanced geomatics and geometrology classes, as well as civil engineering classes (construction, geodetics, hydraulics, etc). the 2nd year includes specialisation courses in geomatics and civil engineering, a professional internship in a company or a public institution, and the realisation of a master's thesis.
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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:
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.
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