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 2021-2022

Second year      
3rd semester   4th semester  
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
Synthesis Project
(10 EC)
Joint Interdisciplinary projects
(15 EC)
Thesis Preparation 
(10 EC)
Graduation Project 
(30 EC)
Free electives
(5 EC)
Free electives
(5 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 you will apply the knowledge gained during the core courses. 

Core courses

The core courses provide a strong foundation to all students by teaching the fundamentals of the geo-information chain: data gathering, processing, analysing and visualisation as well as data governance. The core courses are aligned with the geo-information chain: Sensing Technologies & Location Awareness (data gathering), Geo  Database Management Systems, 3D Modelling, Digital Terrain Modelling (DTM), Photogrammetry & 3D Computer Vision (processing), GIS & Cartography (analysing), Geoweb (visualisation) and Geodata governance (governance). The core courses build up from the fundamentals and basic skills to application and integration.

More information on the core courses  

The third and fourth quarter of the first year offer the opportunity to deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills through our Geomatics electives or other electives.

Geomatics Synthesis project

The second year will start with the Geomatics Synthesis project, which will be carried out in groups. This 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

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

Graduation project

The Graduation Project has a workload of 40 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 governmental agencies or companies are also 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 government 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 may become a valid part of your individual programme. Electives can be subdivided into Geomatics electives, free electives and electives as part of exchange programmes. 

Geomatics electives
As of September 2021 the Geomatics programme will offer the following electives:

  1. GEO5010 Research assignment
  2. GEO5016 Geomatics in practice
  3. GEO5012 Land administration
  4. GEO5014 Geomatics as support for energy applications
  5. GEO5015 Modelling wind and dispersion in urban environments
  6. GEO5018: Ethics for the data driven city
  7. GEO5017: Machine learning for the built environment

More information on the electives (study guide)

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