Geoinformatics and Surveying

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Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics and Surveying

Do you have the professional goal of geodesy in governmental surveying in mind? The combined bachelor's degree programme GVK shortens the way there, as you can complete your preparatory service for entry in the 3rd tier of civil service parallel to your studies.

The lecture-free time creates the space for your vocational training with public authorities, where you also do the pre-study internship and your practical project. The topic of your bachelor's thesis will also ensure that theory and practice are closely linked. If you want to reach your goal quickly, have clear career expectations and want to be financially secure during your studies, the combined degree program is the right choice. 

In the official surveying system, you define property boundaries to secure ownership of property, which are documented in the official property cadastre. The basic geodata also serve as a planning basis for larger construction projects or the reorganisation of ownership and utilisation conditions, for example in order to make winegrowing more economical.

The Rural Service Centers (DLR) focus on technical and planning processes. Inventory surveys and calculations by geodesists form an important basis for the redesign of the landscape and villages. For this purpose, you will talk to the property owners and maintain contact with a large number of public authorities and various interest groups.

At a glance

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (37 months)
ETCS credits: 180
Starting semester: winter semester (September 1)

  • September 1: vocational training
  • Early October: start of lectures

Application deadline:

  • Practical vocational training: Approx. one year before starting vocational training with the cooperation partner
  • Studies: July 15

Remuneration: Approx. 1300 Euros per month from the cooperation partner
Cooperation partner:

  • Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for Surveying and Basic Geodata
  • Rhineland-Palatinate Administration of Land Consolidation (DLR)

Application period

Summer semester 2024:
November 15th, 2023 to January 15th, 2024
Winter semester 2024/2025:
Estimated as of now for mid-May 2024 to July 15th, 2024

What's in store for you

You will complete a twelve-week job-related pre-study internship at your place of vocational training before the start of your studies (Septemebr 1). This is not necessary if you have already completed related vocational training, for example as a surveying technician or geomatist. During the pre-study internship, you will keep an employment diary to document your main activities.


Training begins on September 1 with an introductory week at the office and the General Administration Seminar. The 1st semester starts in October. The degree program is modular in structure. Each module consists of five semester lessons per week with theoretical and practical components, and is awarded six ECTS credits upon successful completion of the course (coursework and exams).

Between semesters, practical training is provided by your local authority. There you will be taught general and subject-specific administrative knowledge. In addition, the topics of property cadastre, land use planning, property valuation, official basic geodata, spatial data infrastructure, spatial reference and geotopography will be of importance.

The 6th semester includes the 16-week practical project and the ten-week bachelor's thesis. Both take place in cooperation between Mainz University of Applied Sciences and the recruitment authority and are credited towards both studies and career training.

After acquiring the bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) you will take the final exmination for 3rd-tier civil service.


Registration for module exams

Register online for your module exam (demo). Please check in the HIP whether your registrations or cancellations have been entered correctly and on time.

We recommend that you bring the printed list of your applications along to all module examinations. In case of discrepancies, please contact the examination office in good time.

Practical project, bachelor's thesis and grade improvement

It is not possible to register online for project work, bachelor's thesis and grade improvement. Please submit them informally, but in writing and sign them at the examination office. Digital document as an email attachment is also accepted.

Address: School of Engineering, Examination Office, Holzstraße 36 in 55116 Mainz
Email: daniela.held(at)


The deadlines for module registrations and cancellations can be found in the general timetable, which you will receive on your first day of study. Later, you can view the dates on the learning platform Olat (Online Learning And Training).

Exam results

The results of your examinations can be accessed via the online service HIP. We recommend that you pick up the corrected exam at the secretary's office of the Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying.

Important information, for example on the incapacity for examinations, can be found on the website of the Examination Office.


In the 6th semester you will complete a 16-week practical project, in addition to which you will write your bachelor thesis within ten weeks, both in cooperation with Mainz University of Applied Sciences and the recruitment office.

In your bachelor's thesis you show that you can write a scientific paper on a topic of geoinformatics and surveying within the given period of ten weeks. In addition to the written version, you create a poster and a website.

In addition to the support in the office, a professor at the university will be available to advise you during the entire time and support you in case of questions and possible problems. She or he will also give you advice in good time before the submission of the paper, as it accounts for 65 percent of the assessment. In addition, you will present the essential content of your work in a 20-minute oral presentation. Here you document your ability to deal with technical topics scientifically and present them in an understandable way. The presentation will be included in the assessment of the thesis at a rate of 25 percent.

You can find specifications and guidelines on formal requirements in the OLAT course  virtuelles Geschäftszimmer (virtual business room, only available in German). In the Abschlussarbeitsdatenbank (dissertation database , only available in German) you can find suggestions for possible topics.



After completing the combined bachelor's degree program, you will work for five years in the 3rd tier civil service, im gehobenen technischen Verwaltungsdienst in Rheinland-Pfalz.

The cooperation partners offer you different opportunities for further professional development.

Studying for a master's degree

You can either complete the master's degree while you are working or you can continue your studies after five years.