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 2017-2018

First year
1st semester2nd semester
1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarter
Sensing Technologies
(5 ECTS)
(5 ECTS)
3D Modeling
(5 ECTS)
Geo Web Technology
(5 ECTS)
GIS and Cartography
Decision Support
(5 ECTS)
Geo Datasets
(5 ECTS)
Synthesis Project
(10 ECTS)
Python Programming
(5 ECTS)
Location Awareness
(5 ECTS)
Geo Legal Aspects
(5 ECTS)
Second year
3rd semester4th semester
1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarter
Graduation Project
(45 ECTS)
Domain Electives / Study Abroad
(15 ECTS)

One academic year = 60 ECTS (1680 hrs study, 1 ECTS 28 hr)
ECTS = European Credit Transfer System
Total amount of credits MSc programme = 120 ECTS
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In the first year, you will take the core foundation courses and a concluding project, in which the knowledge of the core courses will be applied. 

Core foundation courses

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

More information on the coure foundation 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




In the second year, the focus will be on the individual program. Domain electives can be chosen, with the possibility of doing these partially abroad through Athens or Erasmus, and the individual graduation project will be started. 

Graduation project

The Graduation Project takes about 9 months to complete. In this project, you can choose a subject that suits you best, and do a very extended research project, either at the university or in a company. The graduation topics are clustered into four groups: 3D geoinformation, OTB GISt, Geo-information Organisation and Legislation and Urbanism.

More information on the graduation project

Domain electives

The domain electives are interlinked courses meant to broaden and/or deepen your knowledge in one of the many Geomatics application fields: Geoscience, Urban Design and Planning, Landscape Architecture, the Built Environment, (Design) Informatics, Geo-data Acquisition and (Big) Data Management. The domain electives can also be used to update your knowledge in mathematics, computer science or basic geography.

More information on the domain electives (Study Guide)

Study abroad

You can also study part of your master Geomatics for the Built Environment abroad. TU Delft has partnerships with several high-level Universities, and more may be added in the future. Study abroad fits best in the third semester (fall, second year) using the elective courses and running parallel to the start of your graduation project.

More information on offered programmes for Geomatics and deadlines

International exchange students can join the Geomatics programme in Semester 1 or Semester 2.

More information on the Exchange programme

ATHENS Programme

The ATHENS Programme is another way of studying abroad. This programme offers an exchange session of one week by a network of European higher education institutions and is held twice a year in November and in March.

Students can earn 2 ECTS by participating in the ATHENS programme. The courses vary per year.

More information on the ATHENS Programme and the courses in the coming session