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Surveying and Planning, MSc in Technology, Cand.Tech.



The Master’s programme in Geoinformatics at Aalborg University Copenhagen is for students who want to learn how to use geographic information to solve real-world problems. As a student, you can work in areas such as smart cities, environmental monitoring, transportation planning, or transition towards renewable energy by developing interactive mapping solutions and conducting spatial analyses.

Discover the potentials of modern geographic information technology

Over the course of this programme, you gain a detailed understanding of the concepts and necessary skills to collect, manage, analyse, and disseminate various kinds of digital geographic information. Basic knowledge about geographic information and information technology is required for enrolment. Typically, you need a Bachelor’s degree in surveying, geography, land management, urban planning, environmental planning, or related programmes.

Our goal is to introduce you to the potentials of modern geographic information technology, strengthening your professional approach to solving real world problems in your specific field of interest. Based on traditional problem-based learning methods, you will be introduced to geoinformatics by participating in course work (50%) and project work (50%). The courses will introduce you to topics such as digital cartography and web mapping, spatial analytics, spatial databases, and machine learning for the analysis of remote sensing data. In order to apply the fundamental theoretical concepts around these topics in practice, the courses also introduce you to widely used programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, and R, along with traditional geographic information systems. These skills obtained in the courses are then applied and deepened in the projects, which are typically carried out in groups of 3 to 4 students, with each group being guided by a faculty supervisor.


Examples of semester projects include:

  • development of web-based mapping solutions (such as for planning new charging stations for electric cars or to support citizens in finding accommodation in Copenhagen)
  • simulations of processes such as urban expansion or desertification
  • analyses of geographic phenomena as different as the monitoring of iceberg movement, access to public transport, or the potential for solar installations in Denmark

The semester projects therefore allow you to apply what you have learned in the lectures to an area that fits your background and interests. 


Research and academic staff

During this Master’s programme, you will meet a wide range of teachers who will present new knowledge in key areas. The geoinformatics faculty at AAU is involved in a number of international research projects, which allows you to learn first-hand about the latest developments in the field. You can get an overview of the Geoinformatics faculty and the research projects they are involved in at geoinformatics.dk. The lectures by AAU’s faculty are augmented with guest lectures by professionals from industry and the public sector.

The educational programme is conducted in English and aimed at Danish as well as international students. During the last years, the programme has attracted students from nearly all European countries, as well as Brazil, Australia, Iran, New Zealand, and Argentina. This means that you will be part of an international study environment allowing you to form a substantial international professional network during your time as a student.

Furthermore, the educational programme offers you the opportunity of an internship or/and an external study as well as study trips inside and outside Denmark during the 3rd semester.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau