Master's Programme in Geoinformatics
Master of Science (Technology).
Field of Study:
Technology and Engineering
2 years, full-time
An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
Tuition fees & scholarships:
Yes, for non-EU citizens.
Language of Instruction:
2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24
Programme flyer (pdf)
Geoinformatics engineers are always present when crucial decisions in our society are being made. 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 geoIT 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.
Many of our former students are involved in the business world. They may, for instance, manage logistics chains or pinpoint the best location for a new shop. Others develop software for autonomous cars. There are many areas where their expertise is needed, such as service design, robotics and industrial control, communication technology, mobile application development, gamification, 3D modelling and point clouds, just to name a few.
- For more information on the courses included in the programme, please visit the programme's section on Into, Aalto University's student portal.
- See also the programme flyer.
Master's thesis (30 cr)
The master’s thesis is a piece of applied research. Its key goal is solving a problem based on existing scientific knowledge in compliance with the principles of responsible conduct of research.
Our recent master’s theses have covered topics such as creating virtual 3D city models, analysing geocoding methods in social media, and developing drone-based techniques for monitoring agricultural areas.
Aalto University's student selection process is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check (administrative evaluation) conducted by Aalto University Admissions Services proceed to the school's programme-specific academic evaluation. The following are used as criteria for academic evaluation:
- University or Higher Education Institution
- Degree and relevance of studies
- Academic study performance
- Motivation and commitment to the programme (Motivation letter)
- See the general admission criteria of Aalto University
- Completing a bachelor's degree in the Bachelor's Programme in Engineering (studies in Finnish only) guarantees access to master's degree studies in a programme offered by the School of Engineering, see page for details
For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi
For enquiries regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact masters-eng [at] aalto [dot] fi