GEO9530 – Geodesy and Photogrametry

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Course content

Map Projections, digital photogrammetry and GNSS (GPS, Glonass, Galileo…). Overviews of the fundamentals of map projections, GNSS measurement and processing and of the use of airborne (both by plane and drone) and ground-based photogrammetry for geophysical use.

Learning outcome

Knowledge and skills

After finishing this course, candidates

  • Know different map projections and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Know how to use conversion and transformations between different coordinate systems.
  • Are able to plan and carry out a simple geodetic or photogrammetric survey
  • Are able to operate GNSS equipment and software.
  • Know about photogrammetric hardware, including cameras aboard drones and planes.
  • Are able to produce DEMs and ortho-images from images via the software MicMac and other software.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4530 – Geodesy and photogrammetry


Lectures and practicals up to 4 hours per week.

4 obligatory assignments are to be handed in, one of these a simple geodetic or photogrammetric survey.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


4 obligatory assignments counts appr. 40% of final grade.

Oral final exam counts appr. 60% of final grade.

Language of examination

English and/or Norwegian. The candidate may use English or a Scandinavian language in their assignments.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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