Master of Science Geodesy and Geoinformatics: Hydrography

General information

Master of Science Geodesy and Geoinformatics: Hydrography

General information 

The Master program Geodesy and Geoinformatics covers 4 semesters and is completed with the "Master of Science (MSc)". In the context of this training, specializations in following subject areas are available:

  • geoinformation technology
  • geodetic measurement techniques
  • hydrography

Geodesy and Geoinformatics, as the science of recording, administering, analysing and presenting geospatial data and processes, deals with the structures of our living spaces and economic areas. In this connection, it covers an area ranging from geoscience to engineering and social sciences culminating in the environmental sciences, land management and spatial planning. We are involved in the planning of sustainable land use systems and the recording and visualisation of the constantly changing built and as yet unbuilt environment.

Geodesy and Geoinformatics stands for a modern form of surveying, which also covers the areas of photogrammetry, metrology, navigation, geographical information systems as well as geographical visualisation. The diverse tasks are accomplished using highly developed technological measurement systems and methods. The geomatics degree course at the HCU offers, for this purpose, a sound qualification in information technology as well as natural and engineering sciences, while simultaneously encouraging a more transdisciplinary way of thinking as well as the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team in order to be able to respond to planning, land policy and current environmentally relevant questions in co-operation with other disciplines.

Hydrography specialization

Within the 2-years Master program “Geodesy and Geoinformatics” a specialization in Hydrography is possible - completely taught in English.

Safe navigation can only be achieved if National Hydrographic Offices and related administrative authorities employ hydrographers with a high level of competence both in hydrographic surveying and nautical charting. Up-to-date sensor technology and data processing methods have to be applied. An effective data management is essential. Modern methods of nautical charting also contribute directly to the protection of marine ecosystems through a reduction in ship groundings and maritime accidents. Furthermore, the hydrographic database provides important components for marine pollution detection, coastal zone management, as well as sensitive ecosystem identification and monitoring.

The hydrography program at HCU was reviewed by the IF/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBCS), and accredited according to the “Standards of Competence for Category “A” Hydrographic Surveyors. 

Modules of the hydrography specialization are as follows: Mathematics, Software & Interface Technology, GI Science, Basics of Hydrography, Hydrographic Data Acquisition and Processing, Marine Environment, Project Management, Terrestrial Laserscanning I, Integrated Navigation, Higher Geodesy, Geostatistics, Advanced Hydrography, GIS Hydrography, Navigation in Hydrography, Oceanography, Marine Geology/Geophysics, Hydrographic Practice, Master Thesis (5 months), Final Examination.

Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Jochen Schiewe ( )


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0542 - Statistics", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0731 - Surveying", "1041 - Navigation and seamanship


Venue: HafenCity Universität
Hamburg, Germany


Open from
1 Jun 2020 to 15 Jul 2020


Please note that there is NO university fee in Hamburg anymore. Each semester students are required to pay a semester contribution (at present € 335 per semester). This includes the costs for the »semester ticket«, a ticket that permits free travel on Hamburg‘s public transport system.



Entry Requirements: You need a Bachelor’s degree in hydrography, geomatics, or a related field. A satisfactory score on the Bachelor’s examination is not required anymore. The non-German university degrees have to be approved by Uni-Assist. You can find information on requesting the preliminary documentation online at Uni-Assist. Please note: Foreign candidates have to apply via Uni-Assist AND the online form of the HafenCity University. You can apply with Uni-Assist earlier than June 1st (this is recommended!).

Foreign applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English language capability. For example, the following certificates are accepted: TOEFL-IBT (71), TOEFL-CBT (197), TOEFL-PBT (527), IELTS (5.0), TELC (B1), technical stay in Englisch speaking countries (min. 4 months), attendance of English speaking unversity course (20 CPs), or others (please ask us).

Application Procedure:

Application is possible between June 1st and July 15th (online only). The program starts every year in October.

Please note: For the winter semester 2017/2018, the new regulations for the study programs Bachelor and Master "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" will come into force. Prospective students for the study programs "Geomatics" can apply for these modernized study programs in the winter semester 2017/2018. In the master program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" there are still the three specializations Geoinformation Technology, Geodetic Measurement Engineering and Hydrography. "


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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