Cartography MSc


Cartography MSc


Master of Science (MSc) in Cartography


Degree program



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4 semesters (2 years)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

The goal of this program is to train Cartographers with a professional cartographic approach based on high level theoretical and practical knowledge.

This program is recommended to applicants who wants to able to manage and coordinate cartographic and geoinformatic research projects as well as to have the knowledge and skills to solve traditional cartographic or information technology-based problems.

This program provides students with a broad scale of knowledge in Cartography and Geoinformatics in combination with geography, other earth sciences, information technology, database management, web-based mapping services, etc. Students acquire the theory as well as the methodologies in the development and implementation of the latest visualization technics.

Strength of program

Cartography has become a modern and practical science again with the development of computerization. However, only few higher education institutions offer this training at master level.

The high standard of the training is guaranteed by the highly qualified academic staff. Several of the teachers are involved in the leadership of national and international professional organizations of the related area and in editorial boards of journals in the field. Teaching is supported by modern infrastructure and well-equipped labs. Upper-year students and PhD students help the first-year students in a mentor system to overcome their first challenges at the university.

Obligatory courses:

  • Cartographic Software
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geovisualization
  • Introduction to Cartography
  • Map Design and Editing
  • Map Projections 1
  • Operating systems
  • Photogrammetry and Remote sensing
  • Processing of Remote Sensing Data
  • Cartographic Visualization (lecture + pratical)
  • Complex Work Placement (min. 3 weeks)
  • Geodesy and Topography (lecture + practical)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Map Projections 2
  • Spatial Databases
  • Thematic Cartography (lecture + practical)
  • 3D modelling in GIS
  • Digital History of Cartography
  • Geovisualization-based solutions in cartography (lecture + practical)
  • Individual Cartographic Project
  • Individual Geoinformatic Project
  • Open Source Web GIS Programming
  • Spatial System Design

Optional courses:

  • Digital Cartography
  • Geovisualization
  • Scripting Languages in Webcartography
  • Web Cartography
  • Coordinate Systems on the Earth Ellipsoid and on the Maps
  • Navigation Systems
  • Terminology of Cartography
Career opportunities

Government offices, administration in local governments, research institutions, mapping agencies, archives and private firms need a growing number of cartographers who have a solid background of geoinformatics. Business companies which have a strong involvement in various visualization problems (in print or in three-dimensions) are definitely interested in employing our young cartographers. Also decision-makers often need the GIS support for understanding the spatial relationship of features and social or natural phenomena.

Job examples

Cartographer at national mapping agencies, in land registration, at private companies,  publishers, geoinformatical firms.

EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,200 EUR

3,200 EUR

Application fee

80 EUR (non-refundable)

80 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee



non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3,200 EUR

Application fee

80 EUR (non-refundable)

Registration fee


Offered for the next academic year


Start program

04, Sep, 2023

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Apr, 2023

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

The following BSc degrees are considered acceptable: cartography, geoinformatics (GIS), geomatics, geography, earth sciences. Partly acceptable BSc degrees: environmental science, computer science, surveying.

Language requirements

Minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2
Minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

Documents to submit with application
Online application form
Bachelor-level degree
Transcript of records
Proof of application fee transfer
Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
Passport photo
Medical certificate
Copy of application fee transfer
Application procedure

The application starts on the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

The application fee should be transferred using the following information:

Name of beneficiary: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
Address of beneficiary: Egyetem tér 1-3., Budapest, H-1053, HUNGARY
Account number: 10032000-01426201-00000000
IBAN number: HU03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Swift code: HUSTHUHB
Bank’s name and address: Magyar Államkincstár (Hungarian State Treasury), Váci út 71., Budapest, H-1139, HUNGARY

Please add the following Comment to the bank transfer: Your name, MSc Cartography, E10205/18

Type of entrance examination: written

Place of entrance examination: by email

Procedure of the entrance examination

The applicants receive the test questions (20 to 25 questions in English) by e-mail. Most of the questions include a figure or a map. Here the task is to give a short evaluation of the figures or maps, analyze them or make calculations. These questions test the skills and practical knowledge of the applicant. Other questions focus on the professional orientation and theoretical knowledge of the applicant. The answers should not be more than a few sentences.

The test questions and the answer sheet are compiled by the Head of Department and the Departmental Coordinator.  The questions are designed in a way that the applicant can answer them only if the applicant has had previous studies in the field. Each correct answer to the question has the same score. The answers are evaluated by the Head of Department, the Departmental Coordinator and another colleague from the department.

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Prof. Dr. László ZENTAI
Head of Department, Vice-Rector for Education

Program coordinator

Program Coordinator
TEL: + 36-1-372-2500/6717
Postal address: Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A, 1117 Budapest

More information
Faculty website
Program website

Faculty of Informatics

Faculty of Informatics