MSc Transport and Geoinformation Technology
Functional and environment-friendly transport systems are vital in a sustainable society. Students gain expertise in transport and geoinformation technology and learn how to plan, build and maintain advanced transport systems. Graduates blend practical skills in data collection and modelling with an inter-disciplinary understanding of transport and geoinformation that lead to job opportunities in various sectors.
Transport and Geoinformation Technology at KTH
The master’s programme combines two closely related aspects of the built environment: transport systems and geoinformation technologies. The programme enables students to either specialise in one of these main subjects or develop their own interdisciplinary study plan, making use of each student’s unique background and interests. The recommended courses form a foundation for both subject areas, and students can choose a subject area by selecting the most appropriate sequence of the elective courses. Most courses combine interactive lectures with laboratory work. Many also include an in-depth term project. The courses make use of modern data collection instruments and quantitative modelling and processing software.
In the final term degree project, students apply their acquired knowledge and skills in solving scientific problems in the main subject areas of the programme. They conduct independent investigations characterised by critical analysis and synthesis; they learn how to analyse, formulate and define scientific problems, find and evaluate possible solutions and, finally, present the results in a thesis. In addition, students will gain practical training in scientific communication and presentation, both orally in seminars and in written form. The degree project may be carried out at KTH or in a company or organisation outside of the university. The topic can be developed by the student alone or together with supervisors.
Transport systems deal with the movement of people and goods across space, and the socio-technical systems that support that movement. Skilled transport engineers and planners must combine elements of engineering, planning, economics, and systems analysis, to provide guidance on how transport systems should be designed, built, operated, and evaluated. As a specialist in transport, you will learn how to analyse complex transport networks in which the goal is for people to carry out their daily activities in ways that support economic activity while minimising environmental impacts.
To grapple with the complexity of modern transport systems, transport planners and engineers need a high level of technical competence, but at the same time need to engage with policy-makers, stakeholders and the public who use the transport system so as to ensure that our solutions truly meet societal needs. Finally, we work across disciplinary boundaries to fully appreciate the possible effects of the transport system on urban development, the economy, and on climate and ecological systems.
In the study of transport, we emphasise a systems approach that helps us both to manage the complexity of transport networks, and to provide information that helps society make the best decisions about how to invest resources in long-lasting transport infrastructure. Nearly all of our graduates find a career in a city, regional government, national administration, transport ministry, as a consultant at a private firm, or as a researcher.
Geoinformation technology, also known as geospatial technology or geomatics engineering, is a science dealing with the acquisition, storage, management, analysis and delivery of geographic and spatially referenced information. Knowledge of the built and natural environment in the form of maps and databases is necessary in almost all fields of human activities. Today, we take it for granted that we use GPS receivers built into mobile phones or installed in cars to find our way to the restaurant, cinema or to an address that we have “googled”. Professionals in disciplines such as urban planning, land administration, real estate registration and many others use maps, city models and spatial databases for decision support. Geoinformation technology is not only about the collection of geographical data and its visualisation; it also provides tools for using and interpreting the data for different kind of analysis, for example finding optimal routes, identifying patterns, making predictions etc.
Geoinformation technology is a perfect choice for those of you interested in applied mathematics and computer science. You will learn, both theoretically and practically, how to acquire geographic data using different sensors or data sources and how to perform processing and analysis so as to be able to produce the required solution and its visualisation. Today’s and tomorrow’s labour market is growing in this sector and needs experts like you. You can work as provider, analyst or user of spatial data and geoinformation technologies in both private companies and governmental agencies.
This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Architecture and Built Environment (at KTH).
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Securing sustainable development and preventing climate changes is a top priority for mankind. It cannot be achieved without well-organised, well-functioning and environmental-friendly transport systems. A prerequisite for planning, designing and constructing all necessary infrastructure are precise and up-to-date geographic databases. There is great demand for experts within transport systems and geoinformation technologies in both private and government sectors.
Examples of career opportunities for graduates include:
- Geoinformation analyst: gathering, analysing, and reporting on geospatial data at national mapping and cartographic agencies (such as Lantmäteriet in Sweden).
- Transport planner/modeller: helping the city, regional governments or national administration to plan, design and operate transport systems and to analyse the transport effects of new developments to achieve sustainability (for example consultant companies like WSP, ÅF, regional governments or the national transport administration, Trafikverket).
- Consultant at a private firm in areas ranging from surveying, mapping, and geoinformation processing to transport planning and traffic engineering (such as Digpro or Ramboll).
- Railways engineer; undertaking analysis and strategic planning of rail systems including infrastructure, rolling stock, timetable management, and traveller information services (for example at SL, SJ or other railway companies, or the national transport administration, Trafikverket).
- GIS expert in fields ranging from urban planning to land and resource management to environmental monitoring (municipalities, consultant companies).
Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Transport and Geoinformation Technology are:
Transport Systems and Geoinformation Technologies, the main focus areas of the programme, are crucial infrastructures in the creation of sustainable cities, countries and communities in general. Today’s transport systems emits a large proportion of the greenhouse gas emissions causing global warming. To phase out fossil fuels towards zero-emission transport is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. The design and operation of modern transport systems is not possible without accurate and up-to-date geographic databases and smart analytics. The courses in the programme address issues of planning and designing transports systems, as well as issues of collecting and analysing geographic data. Expertise in these subject areas is a prerequisite for finding new innovative and optimized solutions for improving the transport and information infrastructures to eventually became green transport systems.
Faculty and research
The programme is given at the school of Architecture and the Built Environment . All courses in the programme are given by highly qualified teachers and researchers involved in different research projects. Even doctoral candidates are involved in teaching, mainly by helping students with lab assignments and co-supervising degree projects.
The research groups in Transport and System Analysis and Transport Planning have several ongoing research projects dealing with modelling of transport systems, policy analysis and traffic and transport planning, including public transport and railways.
The main research topics of the research group in Geodesy are geodetic aspects of BIM (Building Information Modelling) GNSS-based positioning and navigation, physical geodesy and assessment of geographic data quality.
The main focus of the research group of Geoinformatics is in the area of remote sensing and location and network analysis.