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4 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
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PhD in Geoinformatics

The doctoral study programme Geoinformatics offers a modern interdisciplinary study based on a combination of technical and natural-science foundations. The programme develops knowledge in the field of theoretical concepts of geoinformatics (GIscience) as well as in areas such as remote sensing of the Earth's surface by satellites and unmanned systems, building of spatial databases, use of spatial analysis, spatial modelling and simulations, artificial intelligence or advanced GNSS measurement processing and geovisualisation. Students can focus on applying their own geoinformation solutions, e.g. in transport, agriculture, forestry, geomorphology, hydrology, environment, social geography, criminology or studying social networks. The study programme addresses current trends within the framework of strategic requirements of the state administration expressed in GeoInfoStrategie+, 4.0 industry requirements and 4.0 society, development of remote sensing methods, big geodata, cloud solutions, geoweb services, as well as geocomputation. The Geoinformatics study programme provides highly-erudite creative experts with career prospects in the area of scientific research and development, state administration, or the industrial sphere.

Admission requirements

  • diploma (follow-up) master’s degree;
  • diploma supplement;
  • a document proving the fulfilment of the condition of proper completion of studies in (follow-up) master degree program if education was obtained abroad (not applicable equivalent documents, e.g. from the Slovak Republic).
  • language certificate. The applicant is required to demonstrate their ability to study in the chosen language. In the case of studying in the Czech language, it is sufficient to submit a proof of university degree completed in the Czech or Slovak language; otherwise the applicant must submit a certificate proving their knowledge of the Czech language at B1 level. In the case of studying in the English language, it is sufficient to submit a proof of university degree completed in the English language; otherwise the applicant must submit a certificate proving their knowledge of English at B1 level (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS). If the information on teaching in English is not given on the document of previous education, it is necessary to provide the so-called "Medium of instruction".

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


  • Methodology of GIScience

Choice-compulsory type B

  • Advanced Methods of Remote Sensing
  • Digital Cartography
  • GeoComputation
  • Geoscience Modelling
  • Global Navigation and Positioning Systems
  • Image Analysis
  • Planning of Geoinformation Technologies Applications
  • Spatial Databases
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Spatio-temporal Data Analysis
  • TLS and UAV Technology
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Visual Analytics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: 50 000 CZK per semester, approx. 4000 EUR per academic year


Graduate's knowledge

The doctoral graduate will have a deep expertise in theoretical concepts of geoinformatics (GIscience), which are systemically developed and deepened in selected specific subdisciplines depending on the topic of the doctoral thesis. These include, in particular, global navigation and position systems, remote sensing, geostatistics and spatial statistics, spatial modelling and simulation, large data processing, digital cartography, geocomputation and geovisualisation.

The students are involved in workplace research projects and learn to work in scientific teams under the guidance of experienced experts. They become familiar with the methods of scientific work concerning a specialised subject matter. The resulting profile of the graduate will be determined by the choice of the topic of the doctoral thesis. The nature of the study programme reflects the fact that in many cases the problem is complex and extends to other fields. The students learn to understand scientific and research problems bordering with multiple disciplines, adapt and develop the ability to communicate in multidisciplinary and international teams. The language training of the graduate is aimed at mastering professional as well as general communication in a foreign language, as a necessary condition for publishing and sharing scientific results in the international professional community.

The achieved professional outputs of the doctoral thesis form a basis for preparation of publications, which the doctoral student presents at national and international conferences, as well as in professional journals.

Graduate's skills

Professional skills allow a doctoral graduate to perform an analysis of the assigned tasks, to propose and evaluate alternative ways of their resolution, to plan and automate workflows. The student is then able to defend his/her solution proposals and translate them into a sequence of steps leading to their implementation. The student is able to conduct professional discussions, communicate with co-workers and contracting entities, which allows him to hold a leading position within the research team. Experience in solving new problems and applying the principles of scientific work allows him/her to acquire new expertise, skills and competences. He/she can also communicate about professional problems in a foreign language. By getting actively engaged at professional conferences, he/she develops his/her abilities to present own results, form a judgement, communicate and get involved in discussions with fellow professionals. As part of his/her involvement in lectures in the form of leading practical lectures on professional subjects, the doctoral student develops his/her pedagogical and communication skills, as well as the ability of lifelong education. The doctoral student acquires professional skills especially in analytical, development and experimental activities in solving research projects and cooperation projects in practice. He/she is independently able to plan, evaluate and put into practice scientific procedures in the application areas of geoinformatics and also control the analytical, experimental and development methods used in the subject matter field.

Career paths

Graduate's employment

A graduate of the Geoinformatics doctoral study programme is prepared for an independent scientific research or a university teaching profession in the studied, as well as the related fields. He/she will thus find career opportunities in institutions engaged in science, research, development and innovation projects, in companies with an innovation potential, in international companies, at universities, in state administration and self-government, or as self-employed persons.

The graduates will be able to become engaged in:

  • the building of geoinformation systems;
  • development of applications of geoinformation technologies of diverse focus; from hydrological to socio-economic applications;
  • analysis, modelling and simulation of space-time data;
  • evaluation of aspects of spatial data quality and uncertainty management in the process of processing and evaluation of spatial data;
  • planning and implementation of projects in the field of geoinformatics;
  • management of project teams in the field of geoinformatics.

Typical professions include a geoinformatics specialist, a specialist geographer, an independent researcher in research institutions, a research group leader and a university assistant professor.

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VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

VSB-TUO’s study programs are built on a 170-year tradition. Currently, there are almost eleven thousand undergraduates and graduates studying for degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels in engineering, IT, technology, economics and business administration. Courses are provided by seven...

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Study at VSB-TUO places an emphasis on practical training, whilst investigating real problems from today’s state-of-the-art industries, using the latest software and instruments. In many subjects 50% of the coursework is practically oriented, perfectly complimenting the advanced theoretical instruction, and ensuring that graduates have gained the education and experience sought by employers the world over. VSB-TUO has strong links to industry and thrives on applied research, in cooperation with companies and institutions worldwide, in finding innovative solutions to modern day issues.

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VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

17. listopadu 2172/15
70800 Ostrava-Poruba
Czech Republic

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