Career Outlook

With its unique curriculum, the Master programme is an innovative approach that provides excellent job opportunities.
We invited some of our alumni to report about their careers after the programme.
The qualification M.Sc. in Cartography opens up professional prospects at a national or international level in the public or private sector as well as in the scientific field. Degree holders can work for example in governmental agencies, for map and atlas publishers or for companies dealing with GIS or navigation systems.

Furthermore, the M.Sc. degree qualifies for PhD programmes. The cooperation of the four universities intends to give graduates an access to an international research network and an optimal start to a scientific career.

Employers of our alumni include ...

Research institutions
University of Zurich | Technical University of Munich | University of Twente | Vienna University of Technology | University of Wuerzburg | University of Applied Sciences Munich
ESRI | Airbus | Siemens | HERE | European Space Imaging | Big Data Factory | Door2Door | WIGeoGIS GmbH | CGI Eesti AS | Opera solution | AccuEarth
Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Schleswig-Holstein | Hessisches Landesamt für Bodenmanagement und Geoinformation
The programme has been a stepping stone to my professional growth. I really enjoyed the wide variety of the universities, how they address the same field from completely different angles. In the end you can choose which approach resonates the best with you, to write the master thesis there. Finally, I fell for one of the cities so much that I decided to stay and continue my path here, applying and improving the gathered remote sensing skills at my current job.

Apart from the career benefits, during this time I have met really great people both, lecturers and classmates, from all over the world. Some of them became dear friends since.
Sigita Grinfelde
European Space Imaging GmbH Munich, Germany, 3rd intake
The MSc. in Cartography has greatly helped me in gaining the skills for my future career as cartographer and GIS specialist.
Professionally, it has set the background in several fields strongly connected with cartography and GIS such as remote sensing, web development, or cartographic design. After the first semester at TUM I was able to specialize in web cartography under the guidance of professors and assistants at TUW and TUD.

On a personal level, studying and living in three different cities has exposed me to different cultures, allowing me to meet and exchange information with colleagues from all over the world, which has broadened my horizon. During these two years I also learned German, and this proved to be very helpful in finding an interesting student job in the GIS sector in Dresden during the last semester.
Raluca Nicola
Romania, 1st intake
For me the international Master of Cartography was a journey both physically and mentally. As I was traveling from Munich (host city of Oktoberfest) to Vienna (a city-wide museum) to Dresden (with its great student life options), I had the opportunity of being in touch with cutting-edge research in Cartography and GIS fields. I also had the chance to be lectured by four great professors of these universities who opened my ways of thinking around my field of studies. After finishing this programme, when I look back I see great amount of technical knowledge, soft skills and social experiences which I gathered through two years of studying in ‘International Master of Cartography’.

Hereby I highly appreciate the setup, administration, cooperation and support of this great Master’s programme done by the universities behind it.
Meysam Aliakbarian
Iran, 1st intake
Studying in International Cartography was an inspiring and necessary phase in my life, as I found the program fit my interests, the lectures were motivating and I met so many wonderful people. The study gave me a solid foundation to spatial related and cartographic design related topics, as well it made it possible to get some experience with programming. Beside taken courses the work for my thesis allowed me to specialize further to the field of geovisualization with using Web technologies. This has given me the confident and suitable skills to fit into the team in which I currently work.

I work in a GIS team at an international company. At my current job I have various tasks for creating GIS applications. Mainly I work as a frontend developer to build the graphical interface of applications, and I also take care of design related tasks to create prototypes for the applications. Often in my work I need to deal with spatial databases. I think that the studies have given me an insight into the geo-world that supports finding creative solutions.
Katre Karja
CGI Eesti AS Tartu, Estonia, 3rd intake
I am very pleased with my experience as a student in the ‘International Master of Cartography’ programme. I was able to live in three great European cites, work with students from many countries and cultures, get research experience in the field, and obtain a top-quality education that has led to my continuing academic career as a PhD student and researcher.

Although there were some challenging days, in the end the benefits far outweighed any difficulties encountered along the way. And I now have a group of lifelong friends from all over the globe!
Jeff Welter
USA, 1st intake
When I decided to take part of the first ‘International Master programme in Cartography’ I expected to gain further cartographic skills, to meet nice people from all over the world who come together and share their knowledge about this field and additionally, to study in three amazing cities and universities. Because of the three universities and their different focus areas I got a widespread knowledge in Cartography. The people I met were very friendly and we became a strong and supportive group. I am very glad to had the chance to meet them.

The huge benefit of this programme was to be taught in English. All the lectures and the communication between my classmates helped me to improve this language. Now I can say I don't regret my decision to study this programme: all my expectations became real and I am proud to had this chance.
Katharina Zöphel
Germany, 1st intake
I graduated from International Master Program in Cartography taught by the three cooperating Universities TU Munich, TU Vienna and TU Dresden in 2014. The study period gave me great opportunity to learn fundamental theories, concepts and methods in the field of cartography, geoinformation science and remote sensing.

During the summer break I found internship in a research center in Italy, where I also stayed for my master thesis. My study experience have been positive one due in part to the international environment. This Master Program gave me opportunity to continue on established research focus and realize my next step in development of my research goals in field of cartography, data visualization, spatial data infrastructure and remote sensing by becoming a Doctoral candidate at the Chair of Cartography and Visual Analytics, TU Munich.
Ekaterina Chuprikova
Russia, 2nd intake