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A BSc in a Geospatial domain would be a sufficient prerequisite, and we do expect solid ‘digital competences’, but not extensive prior knowledge in GIS/RS. Having said that, these factors play a role in the highly competitive selection process of scholarship candidates. During your BSc degree you might have been exposed to topics like surveying, map projects, spatial data models, mapping, remote sensing etc – if your curriculum contained this kind of ‘geospatial subjects’, we definitely would welcome your application.
Joint Programme Coordinator, Prof. Josef Strobl:
The curriculum states as a requirement ‘a bachelor’s degree in a geospatial discipline or from an equivalent programme at an internationally recognised tertiary educational institution‘. A ‘geospatial discipline‘ is where you do a lot of work with maps, spatial data, measuring/analysing/planning the real world – if your degree is from Geography, Cartography, Surveying/Geodesy, Environmental or Resources Management, a Planning discipline or even Geoinformatics or Remote Sensing, you should give an application further consideration.
In addition, you are expected to have done substantial coursework with digital geospatial technologies – like Geographic Information Systems, Computer Cartography, Data Acquisition and Remote Sensing Image Analysis. Plus, some programming experience will be an essential asset.
A first degree in a non-Geospatial discipline might be eligible as long as you have experience in geospatial applications like GIS, visualisation or remote sensing image analysis; or are working towards building this background.
In short – you need to be prequalified in a ‘spatial perspective’ and ‘digital tools’. The name of your first degree only allows a limited assessment, we therefore will consider your full transcript of prior studies together with your motivation for a career orientation with ‘Copernicus’ and ‘Digital Earth’ as guiding lights.