Geoinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #190 (WUR) ,
Geoinformatics engineers are always present when crucial decisions in our society are being made. The Geoinformatics programme is offered at Aalto University.

About

This degree is an excellent choice if you want to deal with global challenges such as climate change, security and urban development, or if you dream of creating advanced mobile applications.

Geoinformatics is an integral part of our everyday lives. Use your mobile device and it constantly wants to know your whereabouts. Check the weather forecast or switch on your car navigation device, and location is again the key word. Shoot aerial video with your drone or jump into virtual or augmented reality – once again, you encounter geoinformatics.

Geoinformatics engineers are the ones who measure and analyse big data. They know how to visualise complex geospatial problems and turn them into beautiful maps, infographics and applications. They understand the spatial dimensions of Earth as well as its full complexity as a living, moving and changing planet.

What will you learn?

Geoinformatics is a multidisciplinary field that combines technical, mathematical, computational and visual knowledge. You will learn the state-of-the-art methods for acquiring, processing and utilising geographic data.

You can choose one of the subjects within geoinformatics to focus on, such as geodesy (positioning, navigation geodesy), photogrammetry, laser scanning, remote sensing, geographic information technologies or cartography.

Prior completion of basic courses in mathematics and statistics and programming skills as well as an interest in geo IT are required in order to apply for the Master’s Programme. All courses are taught in English.

Where can you work in the future?

This curriculum will prepare you for key positions in academia and industry. You may find yourself working for private, public or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Some of our alumni create decision-making tools. They monitor the global environment and help find solutions to problems like the energy crisis or the uneven distribution of natural resources.

The Geoinformatics programme is offered at Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Advanced Laser Scanning
  • Advanced Photogrammetry
  • Advanced Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Spatial Analytics
  • Digital Image Processing and Feature Extraction
  • Earth System Geodesy
  • GNSS Technologies
  • Least-Squares Methods in Geoscience
  • Topographic Information Management 
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                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                • Credits
                  120 ECTS
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:

                  6.5

                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

                  Book IELTS
                • Minimum required score (Grade C):

                  180

                  The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                  Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                • Minimum required score:

                  580

                  The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

                • Minimum required score:

                  92

                  The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                Academic Requirements

                • An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
                • A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. 
                • An officially attested copy of an official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
                • An official transcript of records
                • An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records
                • Language certificate
                • Portfolio
                • A CV

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  15000 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                  Free
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                Tuition in bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English from August 2017 onwards are subjected to annual fees for non-EU/EEA citizens.

                Living costs for Helsinki

                910 - 1400 EUR/month
                Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                Funding

                Prospective students subject to tuition fees are eligible to apply for Aalto University Scholarship.

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