Politécnica de Madrid

Geodesy and Cartography

Official Degree Geodesy and Cartography
Web http://www.topografia.upm.es/Docencia/Master
Area Engineering and Related Professions
Modality On-campus education
Credits 90 ECTS
Languages Spanish
Orientation Academia Professional Research
Places 60
Contact Iñigo Molina Sánchez

Master in Geodesy Engineering and Cartography is an advanced model of what some masters of other UPM High Schools will probably be in the next 5 or 6 years.

This is a long cycle master, 90 credits (1,5 years) which is the natural continuation of the future Bachelor of 240 credits (4 years) however it is already offered now, at the same time as Bachelor begins, for those students with enough academic background.

This is at the same time both a specialized and a general master, opposite terms which are solved using, in a careful balance, a complete Geomatic studies plan and the chance to select one of three specialities, the possibility to choose itineraries and to select additional supplements to the selected speciality.


As a master of specialization, mathematical and computer specific basis for the development of the master activities have been carefully selected.

Its modular structure allows two alternative directions: the professional program, aimed at direction and project management in different fields of Geomatics and the research program aimed to research work that will culminate in the doctoral thesis in the Ph.D. program associated. For this propose, there are offered an insight study of methodologies, strategies and resources in geomatic research fields and a hard direction management preparation, available software and geomarketing, respectively.

- In specialty A, the potential and perspectives of new geodesic, photogrammetric, topographic and remote sensing tools and their applications in specific fields as Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), RADAR, LIDAR, laser scanner and their applications to Geodynamic, earth's surface sciences, Hydrography, strains in civil engineering, agricultural work, Geodesy and Photogrammetry or metrological control of the equipment are considered.

- Specialty B deals with the geographical information from different perspectives: how it is produced in a distributed and even participative realm, how it is analyzed, quality controlled, normalized, how it is legally defined, how to display and how to consider its usability, geospatial solutions on the Internet and distributed applications. In addition, its specialized development in various fields, such as the environment, aeronautics, geomorphology and others characteristic realms of GIS are analyzed.

In specialty C Geomatics is considered into three perspectives: the crucial component of Geomatics in the spatial planning with economic and social implications, planning, legal-administrative, geological cartography and its applications in specific rural and urban areas, coastal areas and areas that require cooperation development; environmental engineering, natural risk management and dangerousness and seismic risk and cadastre, valuations and property registration.


- A common initial training module for all master students, which provides: A first group of 15 credits of subjects that provide geomatics training, computer science or mathematics, essential to good use in the specializations described.

Second sub-module of 15 credits that expects to provide to the master student an overview of the master, it will go beyond their own specialization. This is achieved by requiring him to choose subjects from other specialties.

A own specialty module of 60 credits, which students can select from the following specialties:

"Acquisition and processing geomatics data"

"Management of Spatial Information"

"Management of the territory geomatics"

- A module of 15 credits, where the student can choose between methodological guidance for research or professional guidance related mainly to projects".

- A final module of 15 credits in order to develop the final thesis of master, either researcher (if you choose the research module) or professional (if you opte for the corresponding module).

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