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Practical Hydrography

Master’s level
30 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 59 500 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

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The University of Gothenburg’s Department of Marine Sciences is offering a 20-week (30 credits) master’s course in Practical Hydrography. Students will obtain all of the necessary skills for collecting and processing seabed and water column information for high-resolution bathymetric mapping. This information, traditionally used for charting of waterways, is also useful for the development of seabed thematic maps, which are essential for coastal zone management, habitat mapping and environment monitoring.

This applied mapping course will take advantage of GU’s state-of-the-art research vessel Skagerak and its modern mapping systems, including high-resolution multibeam and sub-bottom acoustic systems and high-accuracy GNSS positioning and orientation systems.  Students will learn state-of-the-art data collection and processing procedures and software, commonly used in industry. This course will provide students with a skillset that is highly coveted in the ocean mapping research and commercial offshore industry, which can lead to a challenging and rewarding career in mapping of the world’s rivers, lakes, seas and oceans.

This course is delivered through a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, Stockholm University, the Swedish Maritime Administration and MMT (Marin Mätteknik).

Prerequisites and selection


A Bachelor's degree in Natural Science/Engineering/Technology including at least 15 credits in Mathematics (calculus and linear algebra), or equivalent, is required. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


The selection process is based on number of credits within Natural science/Engineering, the applicants CV and letter of motivation. Interviews are conducted if considered necessary in order to make a correct evaluation.


The Gothenburg region offers proximity to a wide range of marine environments and our facilities include research stations and vessels.

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