Master of Science in Geomatics and Surveying

Course content

The research field of Geomatics and Surveying is very broad and includes both the localisation and identification of objects on the earth surface as the management of this spatial information in geographic information systems. Also legal aspects relating to property, land administrative law and construction aspects are part of the field of surveying. The master program is a based on a strong interdisciplinary and applied science. This applied research is consistent with basic research. Both are also practiced in an integrated manner within the Department of Geography.

Geomatic models and knowledge are used in a wide range of application fields: policy, spatial planning and urban planning, regional development and administrative organisation.


Several basic and applied disciplines are deepened in the Master of Science in Geomatics and Surveying: geographic information, application-oriented science, topography, bathymetry, photogrammetry, satellite positioning, remote sensing and digital image analysis. Attention also goes to the legal, organisational and geographical context such as register, estimation of real estate and landscape science. These disciplines are essential in many parts of the knowledge society and have become indispensable in identifying and managing the space surrounding us, especially the property.

Course structure


The curriculum for the Master of Geomatics and Surveying is based on the following principles: ten general courses for 55 credits, 30 credits for the master thesis, 35 credits for deepening or broadening elective courses.
The general courses are among others land registration and juridical courses, courses on geographical information management, topography, quality measurements, cartography and an internship.


The two-year master’s programme (120 credits) consists of the following parts:
- 55 credits for general courses
- 35 credits for minor / elective courses
- 30 credits for the master dissertation


The exchange programme contains a preferred list of English courses taught at UGent of the Master of Science in Geomatics and Surveying.
The exchange programme offers a selection of courses like hydrographical surveying and geographical information science and technology.
Recommended English courses in other related study programmes such as Urbanism, Archaeology, Physical Land Resources, Geology, Biology, ... can be followed.

Career perspectives

Graduated Masters in Geomatics and Surveying are highly valued in the labor market because of their broad scientific training, their strong solution training, both on the ground and behind the computer, and their strong time-spatial thinking.

There are many different opportunities for employment, mainly in the world of geographic information processing and management. As a specialized and scientifically trained surveyor, they are also valued for complex measurements. Thus, many graduates are active in bathymetric recordings at home or abroad. Graduates can also become an independent "expert sworn surveyor, estimator of immovable property". Besides a career as a professional surveyor or GIS-ser, in government or in engineering, there are also opportunities in education.

Admission requirements


  • For non-Flemish degrees: the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of geography with minimum 180 credits.
  • For Flemish degrees: the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue.


Check the language requirements.

Application Procedures


International students who want to obtain a diploma or degree at Ghent University apply and enroll as regular students on the basis of a diploma obtained abroad.


International students who temporarily live in a foreign country and attend courses or are involved in other academic activities, have to follow the procedure of exchange students.