GEOMATİCS ENGİNEERİNG
Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program

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Geomatics (Geodesy and Geoinformatics) Engineering is a profession whose goals of interest are collection, storage, process, analyses, model, display and presentation of spatial data in digital environment. Spatial data is needed by wide variety of applications from civil engineering (surveys), architecture, city planning, artificial intellegence (find route via robotic systems) to medical (display of genome databases).

Geomatics Engineering is one of the engineering discipline with strategic importance. Although recent developments in Information and Space Technology around the world cause Geomatics Engineering significance to increase, unfortunatelly Turkey has unsufficient number of engineers who can fulfill requirements of country with high technological education. Therefore, the aim of the Geomatics Engineering program is graduate engineers with high technological education in areas of Space Geodesy, Digital Photogrammetry, Digital Image Processing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems – GNSS, Geographic/City/Land Information Systems, Engineering Measurements, Laser Scanning Technology, Cadastre, Land Administration, Public Improvement, Digital Mapping and Disaster monitoring and Information Systems.

Proposed program offers to its graduates:

  • Fundamental information about Geomatics Engineering,
  • Higher technological methods and related information with Space Geodesy, Digital Photogrammetry, Digital Image Processing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems – GNSS, Geographic/City/Land Information Systems, Engineering Measurements, Laser Scanning Technology, Cadastre, Land Administration, Public Improvement, Digital Mapping and Disaster monitoring and Information Systems.
  • Basic concepts of collection geographical data, processing, analysis, management and presentation and
  • Determination of prominent factors during GIS and Spatial Database System design, improvement steps and finding analytical solutions to problems by using these systems.

Geomatics Engineering department was founded in 1995 under Hacettepe University - Faculty of Engineering with a name of Geodesy and Photogrammetry. The name of Geodesy and Photogrammetry was changed to Geomatics Engineering in 18 April 2012 with regulation of Institution of Higher Education in Turkey. Although undergraduate degree program has not started to education yet, Geomatics Engineering graduate program in Master Science level has been accepting students since spring term of 2011-2012. Graduate program was prepared in the lights of recent developments in Geomatics Engineering around the world. On the contrary of other Geomatics Engineering program in Turkey, Hacettepe University - Geomatics Engineering program differs with stronger Information Technology (IT) reference and by using related applications much more effective. There are two computer laboratories (one for undergraduate and one for graduate students). In addition, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Geodesy and Surveying and Geographic Information System laboratories are planning to be established in the near future. Teaching language in Geomatics Engineering undergraduate program is %100 Turkish. But with the proposal of the board of the institute and approval of Senate, some courses might be given in a foreign language. Thesis works and reports of thesis must be written in Turkish. On the other hand, with recommendation of relevant academic institute and with approval of the Institute, thesis works and reports can also be written in foreign language. All regulations and principals of Graduate Education in Hacettepe University are defined with “Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide”.

Link: http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.2 Qualification Awarded

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Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification

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QF-EHEA: 2
EQF-LLL: 7

D.4. Provisions for Registration

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Admission and registration procedures are declared in Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide. Graduates from departments such as Geomatics Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mining, Environment, Civil Engineering, Geology, City and Regional Planning can register to the program. In addition, another 4 year program graduates whom departments are accepted by Geomatics Engineering can also register to the program. Furthermore, in order to register to the program, candidates must get sufficient score in ALES or in equivalent exams abroad before admission. Moreover, candidates must prove their English sufficiency by getting necessary score in exams like ÜDS, KPDS, TEOFL and IELTS or equivalents. Turkish language efficiency for foreign students is determined with exams approved by senate of university.

Link :http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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In order to finish the program, students must complete minimum 24 credits course work including compulsory courses (3), technical courses (at least 5), one seminar course and thesis work. Moreover, according to European Credit Transfer System, students must complete at least 60 ECTS credits of course work and at least 60 ECTS credits of thesis work. Students enrolling to the program must complete all course work till the end of the 4th semester and prepare a master thesis under supervision of one lecturer until the end of 6th semester.

Thesis works and reports of thesis must be written in Turkish. On the other hand, with recommendation of relevant academic institute and with approval of the Institute, thesis works and reports can be written in foreign language. Success criteria for Geomatics Engineering graduate students are defined in H.U. Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide.

Link: http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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Information about recognition domestic or overseas prior learning in Geomatics Engineering department is defined in Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide.

Link: http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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Aim of the program is graduate engineers and scientists who can provide reliable and economical spatial data support that needed by public corporation and civilian by using up-to-date professional technology and applications. Moreover of being creative and critical, graduates of the program are conscious to social and environmental events and have enough background to meet the needs of Turkey's scientific and production requirements.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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Geographic Information Technologies is one of the growing and developing disciplines in our country as around the world. There are lots of job opportunities for Geomatics Engineering MSc program graduates. They work in public or private corporations by selecting branch(es) from a wide variety of subjects like Geographic/City/Land/Disaster Information Systems, Infrastructure, Civil Engineering, Land Improvement, Planning, Energy, Environment, Forestry, Transportation, Defense Industry And Communication sectors. By considering Turkey's economy, these sectors hold an important place. In order to improve these sectors' capabilities and make them competitive with abroad competitors, there is need for well educated, qualified and experienced Geomatics Engineers. Here are some corporations and organizations that Geomatics Engineering graduates can work:

- Ministry of Environment and Urbanization,

- Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry,

- Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology,

- Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs,

- Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry,

- Ministry of Culture and Tourism,

- Municipalities,

- General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre,

- General Directorate of Bank of Provinces.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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QF-EHEA: 3
EQF-LLL: 8

D.14. Profile of the Programme

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Geomatics Engineering MSc students must complete minimum 24 credit (120 ECTS credit) by registering to 3 compulsory and 5 elective courses, 1 seminar course and thesis work. There are 4 compulsory (seminar included), 5 elective courses whose total ECTS credits are equal to 60 as can be seen from the curriculum table. Remain 60 ECTS credits correspond for thesis work (Special Topics) in the 3rd and 4th semesters. Elective courses hold %29 percent of the program with 35 ECTS credits. Elective courses can be selected from a big pool for both winter and spring semesters. Remain courses which are equal to %71 of the program and 85 ECTS credits are compulsory courses, seminar and thesis work. Seminar course is compulsory and can be selected in both spring and fall term.

With condition of being approved by Geomatics Engineering department, students are allowed to take courses not only from the program's electives but also from other graduate programs in Hacettepe University. Moreover, with department's approval and fulfilling condition of not being selected in undergraduate education period, students are allowed to register to 2 undergraduate courses at most during his/her M.Sc. education.

After complete courses and seminar, students must prepare a thesis work under supervision of one lecturer. Thesis work is prepared in 3rd and 4th semesters with course name of Special Topics (GMT 800) which is equal to 30 ECTS for each semester. Students who complete all compulsory courses in program and have 2.75 / 4 average grade are allowed to give thesis proposal. Thesis topic proposal is submitted to the academic board of department for approval. After approved by Geomatics Engineering academic board, thesis topic proposal is registered by H.U. Institute of Science.

Teaching language in Geomatics Engineering undergraduate program is %100 Turkish. But with proposal of the board of the institute and approval of Senate, some courses can be given in a foreign language. Thesis works and reports of thesis must be written in Turkish. On the other hand, with recommendation of relevant academic institute and with approval of the Institute, thesis works and reports can be written in foreign language.

All regulations about writing and presentation phases of the thesis and time limits are defined in Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide.

Link: http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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Assessment and evaluation methods for each course are prepared by related lecturer(s) and defined in the content of Course Information Package. Examination, regulations and grading system are defined with related clauses in Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide.

Link: http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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Graduation requirements to complete program which are stated in related clauses in Examination Regulation of Hacettepe University Associate and Graduate Education guide.

Link: http://www.fenbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/file/yonetmelik/hulisansustuogrvesinavyonetmelik.pdf

D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof. Dr. Mustafa TURKER