Professional Skills and Competences (Learning Outcomes)

Geoinformatics has been established as a methodology-oriented, cross-disciplinary subject based on spatial concepts and approaches. Such ‘spatial view’ competences for a Digital Earth are invaluable within any subject-specific context whilst widely applicable across domains such as planning, resource management, logistics, mobility, marketing, nature and environmental protection, and security. Graduates will be confident in using key interfaces pertinent to spatial information processing.

Graduates with a CDE Master’s degree are able to answer research questions, including the development of hypotheses, definition of objectives, selection of methods, implementation of workflows, collection, analysis and interpretation of data as well as a written and oral communication and interpretation of outcomes in a decision support context.


  • Geospatial Data Acquisition and Visual / Cartographic Communication;
  • Data Modelling and Spatial Data Management;
  • Data Analytics across the spectrum of Geoinformatics: Georeferenced Data and Data Streams; In-Situ, Remote and Mobile Sensing;
  • Statistics;
  • Spatial Analysis, as well as Dynamic System Simulation;
  • Standards for Architectures of Open and Distributed Systems and Spatial Data Infrastructures;
  • Development of Geospatial Applications.

Graduates will be able to independently plan and manage complex projects and applications in Earth Observation / Geoinformatics as well as to cooperate on projects in spatial data infrastructures. The aim is to support and enhance decision-making in all application domains of Copernicus data (remote sensing and in-situ).

The study programme provides application-oriented knowledge based on relevant theories and methods. Discipline-specific ways of thinking, analytical skills and techniques as well as problem-solving competences are developed in core areas of Copernicus and Digital Earth. Copernicus Master in Digital Earth is scientifically based, provides a broad range of academic analysis and research methods, and prepares students for a doctoral degree programme.

latest update: February 26, 2020<