GEOINFORMATICS

Duration of the programme and number of hours

The programme lasts for 1.5 years (3 semesters). The total number of course hours is 1095 per person, including:

  • 450 hours of lectures for all students in the same year
  • 90 hours of general classes (for groups of 32)
  • 465 hours of laboratories (for groups of 16)
  • 90 hours of design classes (for groups of 16)

Curriculum

The curriculum provides students with an extensive basic knowledge of geodesy and cartography, information technology and other interconnected branches of science, which give one flexibility when choosing a career path. The theoretical knowledge acquired by future alumni, as well practical skills will allow them to use modern geodetic, satellite, photogrammetrical and remote sensing measurement techniques, to program mobile and internet applications, and to apply scripting languages in practice, in particular with programs such as GIS. Python language will the basic scripting language of the course. The curriculum provides the acquisition of knowledge in the following areas:

  • Information Technology (340 h)
  • geodesy and cartography (190 h)
  • photogrammetry and remote sensing (135 h)
  • GIS systems (220 h)
  • general education (210 h)
All the classes will be taught in Szczecin, on the premises of the University. State-of-the-art equipment to be used during the course comprises, among other things, the following: laser scanner, UAV with a simulator, Total Station and GNSS receivers, 17 new graphic stations for data processing, new graphic – photogrammetric station, a system necessary for learning 3D data programming in virtual and augmented reality (including also VR goggles). Moreover, the students will work with the latest geodetic software, as well as software for integrating geodetic and multi sensor data.

EU financing

The University has received a PLN 7 million grant from EU funds for implementation of the NEW HORIZONS project. The project is to result in, among other things, opening a Master degree programme on geoinformatics, which under certain restrictions will be free of charge for students from outside the EU. Apart from this, students of geoinformatics will receive additional support so the programme will be even more attractive. Below, you can see a list of the most important benefits of the EU financing for the geoinformatics programme:

  • No tuition fees for all students, including the ones from outside the EU, who will start the geoinformatics programme in spring 2019. Those students will not have to pay throughout all of their studying period (1.5 years) on the condition that they successfully and timely complete each semester. Please note however that the number of places for students from outside the EU who will be able to study free of charge is limited.
  • Access to the latest computer software and hardware, including a modern computer laboratory.
  • Access to paid placements for 30% of the best students in the geoinformatics programme. Your salary during the placement is gross PLN 2,200 per month plus a possibility of being refunded with accommodation and travelling costs.
  • Additional support for disabled students by paying the costs of e.g. car lease, structural adaptation of buildings or computer infrastructure, services of an assistant for a person with limited mobility, or an assistant translating into sign language. The costs referred to above may not exceed PLN 12,000 per person for the whole studying period.

Furthermore, all students of the geoinformatics programme may participate in the ERASMUS+ programme, regardless of their nationality. That means that also people from outside the EU may go e.g. for a two-months’ training period to a company abroad.

Graduate profile

The most important assets of geoinformatics graduates:

  • Knowledge of positioning techniques in measuring space of any orientation
  • Knowledge of mobile and internet application programming
  • Practical skill of planning a drone raid and creating an orthoimage and a 3D model
  • Knowledge of the most state-of-the-art computer systems for creating geoportals
  • The ability to develop 3D models in a virtual reality environment
  • Practical skills of conducting advanced geospatial analyses and geovisualisation.
  • Knowledge of modern remote sensing techniques
  • Knowledge of a foreign language, inclusive of its professional aspects and the problematics of geodesy and IT
Geoinformatics graduates may find employment both in the Polish and global job markets in geoinformatic, geodetic and informatics companies, as well as with various authorities, design offices and research and development institutes.

Geoinformatics as a programme of the future

Numerous strategic documents indicate that geoinformatics specialists will be much needed in the labour market in the nearest years which makes our prospective graduates very attractive employees. This is confirmed, for instance, in the following documents:

  • Smart grids and geo-information technologies are the 15th national smart specialisation (link).
  • The degree programme on geoinformatics is in line with one of the regional specialisations of West Pomeranian Province, that is: “upcoming services, inclusive of ICT” set out in “Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy for the West Pomeranian Province 2020 +RIS3 WZ” (link).
  • The need for educating students in the field of geoinformatics was confirmed by representatives of companies operating in the geodetic industry such as, among others: Gispro, Geometr, Fotokart and OPGK Koszalin  during a meeting with the academic authorities in October 2016 (link). The idea of creating this major as well, as its curriculum, is a result of co-operation between the Maritime University and employers.