The master lasts 2 years: to obtain the degree 120 credits are required, that can be acquired choosing between suggested courses.
The study program satisfies both the Italian Ministerial classes LM-32 (Computer Science Engineering) and LM 35 (Environmental and Land management Engineering). At the enrollment the student must choose his Master class: the choice can be modified during the first year of study.
Students having mainly a background in Environmental science will find an introductory course in Computer Science, while those with a computer oriented first level degree will follow a basic course on Geomatics and Environmental issues.
In the environmental field, the mandatory courses cover topics such as Geospatial data analysis, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Positioning and Location Based Services, Pollution measurement and management; in the Computer Science field, mandatory courses cover topics like Databases, Software engineering, Computing Infrastructures, Computer security.
In the first year, the plan of mandatory courses allows the students to modify the choice of the Ministerial class. In the second year, mandatory courses alternate with elective courses, that allow students to deepen their expertise.
Elective courses available for the students
Elective courses are specifically proposed for Geoinformatics Engineering students. They are either in computer programming and computer systems design, dealing for instance with multidimensional and mobile applications; or in environmental management and sustainability issues dealing for instance with geophysical data processing or Earth Observation techniques.
Besides Geoinformatics elective courses, the students can select other courses within the whole didactic offer of the Schools of Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. Subject to the approval of the Study Commission, students can also select courses from other Italian or European Universities.
The final exam consists of the discussion of a thesis, submitted in the form of a written dissertation, which may be of a design as well as scientific (theoretical or applied research) nature and which must in all cases present innovative solutions in order to evaluate the full scientific, technical and professional maturity of the candidate.
The thesis, developed under the guidance of a supervisor belonging to the teaching staff of the programme school, may be subject to review by an external examiner expert in the subject matter, attesting its originality and validity.