Master's Programme in Geoinformatics


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Technology and Engineering


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Tuition fee:


Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Engineering

Application period:

2015-12-01 - 2016-01-15

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In the Master’s Programme in Geoinformatics at Aalto University, students learn the state-of-the-art in modern methods for acquiring, processing and utilising geographic information. The Master’s Programme in Geoinformatics combines technical, mathematical, computational and visual knowledge and offers the students the possibility to not only use geoinformatics technology but also develop and create new computational methods and applications. In addition to gaining an overall perspective, students can further focus their skills on one of the subjects within geoinformatics, such as geodesy, photogrammetry, laser scanning, remote sensing, geographic information technologies or cartography.

The Master’s Programme in Geoinformatics has a long tradition as a technically and mathematically oriented curriculum. This is why, for example, programming skills, basic courses in mathematics and statistics as well as an interest in geoIT are required. The programme provides both theoretical and practical skills, and develops academic capabilities, problem-solving skills and analytical thinking, just to name a few. Teaching is tightly connected to ongoing cutting-edge research. Graduation from the Master’s Programme in Geoinformatics prepares you for key positions in academia and industry. All courses are given in English.


Degree structure


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Common courses (total 25 cr):

Geodesy and Positioning (5 cr)

From measurements to maps (5 cr)

Introduction to Spatial Methods (5 cr)

Photogrammetry, Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing (5 cr)

Visualization of Geographic Information (5 cr)


Advanced courses
(student selects 6 courses=30 credits + Project Course in Geoinformatics (10 cr), total 40 cr):

Digital Image Processing and Feature Extraction (5 cr)

Least-Squares Methods in Geoscience (5 cr)

Advanced Laser Scanning (5 cr)

Advanced Photogrammetry (5 cr)

Advanced Remote Sensing (5 cr)

Earth System Geodesy

GNSS Technologies

Mathematical Geodesy

Spatial Analytics

Spatial data management and data mining

Topographic Information Management

Spatial data structures, algorithms and programming


Master’s thesis (30 cr)

The master’s thesis (30 cr) is a piece of applied research that includes not only the written thesis but also the maturity essay and seminar presentation or a corresponding presentation. The key goal of the master’s thesis is solving a problem relevant to the field of study based on existing scientific knowledge in compliance with the principles of responsible conduct of research. The goal is to produce a scientific thesis. The master's thesis shall be written on a topic related to the advanced studies of the degree programme, agreed upon between the student and the supervising professor. A suitable topic can, for instance, be a research and development project carried out for a partner outside the university, or it can be connected to an ongoing research project of the department. The master’s thesis takes 6 months (fulltime) and it is an individual project


Student selection

The selection process is paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check of Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the programme spesific academic evaluation.

The following academic evaluation criteria applies to this master's programme:

•                          Degree and institution of higher education

•                          Relevancy of studies

•                          Academic performance

•                          Motivation

Academic evaluations are split into two phases

−                          In the first phase, the applicant’s degree that is used as grounds for the application and the related institution of higher education are evaluated. The applicant’s academic performance is evaluated, while any of the applicant’s other education that is attached to the application may also be evaluated. Criteria used to evaluate academic performance may include the time taken to complete the degree as well as the date of the degree’s completion.

−                          In the second phase, the acceptable applicants are ranked. A number of eligible applicants no greater than the allotted quota are admitted based on the academic evaluation. The most important criteria are the applicability of previous studies and academic performance in studies relevant to the study option. The aim is to admit only those applicants who have the required competence to begin studies without any supplementary studies.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi

For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact

Professor Kirsi Virrantaus
kirsi.virrantaus [at] aalto [dot] fi

Planning officer Päivi Kauppinen
paivi.kauppinen [at] aalto [dot] fi


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