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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Sternberg (Hydrography and Geodesy)


M.Sc. Tanja Dufek
Research and teaching associate 
Room 4 102
Phone +49 40 428 27 - 5314
E-Mail tanja.dufek(at)hcu-hamburg.de


M.Sc. Mona Lütjens
Research and teaching associate
Room 4 101
Phone +49 40 428 27 - 5511
E-Mail mona.luetjens(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Hydrography Information

Please note: In winter term 2017/2018 the new regulations for the Bachelor and Master programs "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" will become effective. In the winter semester 2017/2018, students interested in the study programs "Geomatics" can apply for these modernized study programs. In the Master's degree program "Geodesy and Geoinformatics", there are still the three areas of specialization in geo-information technology, geodetic measurement technology and hydrography.

Within the 2-years Master program “Geodesy and Geoinformatics” a specialization in Hydrography is possible - completely taught in English.

Safe navigation can only be achieved if National Hydrographic Offices and related administrative authorities employ hydrographers with a high level of competence both in hydrographic surveying and nautical charting. Up-to-date sensor technology and data processing methods have to be applied. An effective data management is essential. Modern methods of nautical charting also contribute directly to the protection of marine ecosystems through a reduction in ship groundings and maritime accidents. Furthermore, the hydrographic database provides important components for marine pollution detection, coastal zone management, as well as sensitive ecosystem identification and monitoring.

The hydrography program at HCU was examined by the International Advisory Board of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and accredited according to the “Standards of Competence of Hydrographic Surveyors” at Category A (highest level).

Modules of the hydrography specialization are as follows: Mathematics, Software & Interface Technology, GI Science, Basics of Hydrography, Hydrographic Data Acquisition and Processing, Marine Environment, Project Management, Terrestrial Laserscanning I, Integrated Navigation, Higher Geodesy, Geostatistics, Advanced Hydrography, GIS Hydrography, Navigation in Hydrography, Oceanography, Marine Geology/Geophysics, Hydrographic Practice, Master Thesis (5 months), Final Examination.

Application is possible between June 1st and July 15th (online only). The program starts every year in October.

Entry Requirements: You need a Bachelor’s degree in hydrography, geomatics, or a related field. A satisfactory score on the Bachelor’s examination is not required anymore. The non-German university degrees have to be approved by Uni-Assist. You can find information on requesting the preliminary documentation online at Uni-Assist. Please note: Foreign candidates have to apply via Uni-Assist AND the online form of the HafenCity University. You can apply with Uni-Assist earlier than June 1st (this is recommended!).

Foreign applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English language capability. For example, the following certificates are accepted: TOEFL-IBT (71), TOEFL-CBT (197), TOEFL-PBT (527), IELTS (5.0), TELC (B1), technical stay in Englisch speaking countries (min. 4 months), attendance of English speaking unversity course (20 CPs), or others (please ask us).

Please note that there is NO university fee in Hamburg anymore. Each semester students are required to pay a semester contribution (at present € 250 per semester). This includes the costs for the »semester ticket«, a ticket that permits free travel on Hamburg‘s public transport system.

The program cooperates with authorities, institutions and companies, among others Hydrography is supported by: