Master of Geomatics and Surveying

Course content

The research field of Geomatics and Surveying is very broad and includes both the localization 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 organization. Several basic and applied disciplines are deepened in the Master of Geomatics and Surveying: geographic information, as well as application-oriented science, topography, bathymetry, photogrammetry, satellite positioning, remote sensing, digital image analysis, but attention also goes to the legal, organizational and geographical context such as register, estimation of real estate, 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 Geography department has the following research clusters: socio-economic, regional and political landscape, physical-geographic and geo-archaeology, cartography, geographic information and remote-sensing topography.

The Geography department has the following research clusters: socio-economic, regional and political landscape, physical geography and geo-archeology, cartography, geographic information systems and remote-sensing topography.

  • The cluster socio-economic geography is active in fields such as world systems analysis, population geography, political geography, location theory research, transport geography and spatial datagaring and modeling.
  • Landscape science combines different research disciplines such as landscape history, landscape ecology, landscape planning and management, landscape architecture, land classification and evaluation.
  • Besides regional geomorphology in Belgium and in different continents, the cluster physical geography applies the techniques and methods of observation and explanation of the physical geography of archaeological sites.
  • The research in remote sensing and photogrammetry is closely related to questions from archeology. In the domain of image processing of aerial and satellite images, particular attention is paid to the geometrical correction (restitution) of digital images.
  • Research in cartography and GIS includes a wide range of topics, such as objective quality definition, spatial-temporal modeling and algorithms, network analysis, algorithms and 3D visualization, but also includes an applied scientific component, including policy support.

The members of the department work together with or are actively involved in various initiatives of international and national scientific or professional organizations, such as EARSeL, ICA, UNESCO World Heritage Program. Their activities extend far beyond the borders of Belgium from Siberia to DR Congo, from China to Egypt, from Zimbabwe to Greece ... The specializations offered in the training connect closely with all these research areas.

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.


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