With Geomatics for the Built Environment you will learn to use advanced techniques in data collection and analysis, spatial information modelling and the visualisation of data. You will gain knowledge about the use, governance and application of geographic data for solving real-world problems in an innovative way. You will become proficient in quickly analysing the needed geospatial information, performing the required processing and analysis steps and producing an appealing visualisation or presentation of your solutions.

Academic year 2020-2021

Second year
3rd semester4th semester
1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarter
Graduation Project
(45 EC)
Domain Electives / Study Abroad
(15 EC)

One academic year = 60 EC (1680 hrs study, 1 EC 28 hr)
EC = European Credits 
Total amount of credits MSc programme = 120 EC 
For more information on all courses, please visit the study guide.

In the first year, you will take the core courses and a concluding project, in which the knowledge of the core courses will be applied. 

Core courses

The core courses provide a strong foundation to all students by teaching the fundamentals of data gathering, processing, analysing and visualisation. The core courses are focussed around six fundamental themes: Location Awareness, Sensing Technologies and Mathematics for Geomatics, Geo datasets & Database Management Systems, Geoweb & Legal Aspects, GIS & Cartography and 3D Modelling, Digital Terrain Modelling (DTM), Photogrammetry & 3D Computer Vision. The core courses are building up from fundamentals and basic skills to application and integration.

More information on the core courses  

Geomatics Synthesis project

The first year will be concluded with the Geomatics Synthesis project, which takes place in the final quarter and will be carried out in groups. The project allows you to combine the knowledge from the core programme and apply it to a real-world project while gaining hands-on experience in project management.

More information on the synthesis project

The second year focuses on conducting scientific research supervised by at least two experts. The second year also offers the possibility to deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills through electives. Electives may be chosen from MSc courses at TU Delft or from other national or international universities.

Graduation project

The Graduation Project has a workload of 45 ECTS (about 9 months full-time). You are free to choose a topic that suits you best. The topics of the graduation project can be subdivided into two broad groups: 

  • Graduation projects in the framework of ongoing research projects
  • Applying Geomatics technologies for solving real world problems.

Participation in the ongoing research projects of the staff offers a unique way to contribute to scientific progress. This type of research is usually carried out at TU Delft, but not necessarily as also governmental agencies or companies are often involved. The second type of graduation project concerns applying Geomatics technologies for solving real world problems. This type of research is usually carried out in close cooperation with companies or governmental agencies. Each group of teachers involved in the Geomatics Programme offers a list of relevant, innovative topics. You are also free to define your own graduation project in close consultation with the objected supervisors.

Overview of finished graduation projects


Only electives at MSc level can become a valid part of your individual programme. Electives can be subdivided into domain electives, free electives and electives as part of exchange programmes. 

Domain electives
Domain electives are predefined courses meant to broaden and/or deepen your knowledge in one or more of the many Geomatics application fields including Urban Design, The Built Environment, Informatics and Gaming and Geo-data Acquisition. The Geomatics in Practice elective (5 ECTS) is part of the domain electives and enables you to get acquainted with projects in practice. The Education Director has approved the domain electives. No additional approval is needed.

More information on the domain electives (study guide)

Free electives
You may also select courses which cover topics of your interest but are outside the domain electives. These electives require formal approval by the Board of Examiners. Discuss the suitability of free electives with the Education Director.

Electives abroad
TU Delft has partnerships with high-level Universities. You can take electives abroad through the exchange - study abroad programme and the ATHENS Programme. Discuss the suitability of electives abroad with the Education Director at forehand.

More information on the exchange programme 
More information on the ATHENS programme