GNSS in Universities

Below is a list of universities from around the world that have courses/workshops on GNSS. For an updated version be sure to check the GNSS Education portal.



  • Politecnico di Torino (Italy):  Master on Navigation and Related Applications

    The Master on Navigation and Related Applications is a joint initiative of Politecnico di Torino and Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) with the collaboration of Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Galileo Ferraris (INRIM) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA).

    The Master program is addressed to graduate students having completed a Master Degree (typically a 5-year curriculum after the high school) or an equivalent title in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information Technology or related subjects. Written and spoken English is required, since English is the official language of the Master, together with basic notions in communication theory and electronics. The duration of the Master program is 12 months (80 ECTS) including a 3-month period for pilot projects (internships). It provides an extensive background in navigation/localization systems as well as a detailed analysis on NAV/COM integration and environmental monitoring applications or a specific training on timing. The teaching staff includes many internationally known researchers from Politecnico di Torino, ISMB, INRIM and from European Universities, but also experts operating in companies involved in navigation programs.

    UN-OOSA supports in the Master through a Long-Term Fellowship Programme. UN-OOSA yearly select students/specialist from developing countries and countries with economy in transition providing them with an opportunity to receive a Master degree in Navigation and Related Applications. Participants selected by UN-OOSA receive a financial support for the tuition fee and for other expenses during their study by ISMB.

    The Master Programme obtained the support of local firms and institutions (Alenia SIA, Comitato Promotore Programma Galileo, Compagnia di San Paolo, CSP, Motorola, Telecom Italia, Thales Alenia Space Torino) in terms both of scholarships granted to the students and of seminars delivered to students. Also international firms like IfEN Munich, GMV Madrid, NAVTEQ kindly contribute with seminars delivered to the students. The European Space Agency (ESA), IfEN GmbH and CSP support the Master Programme with one-day seminars and teaching material distributed to the students.

    For further information, please visit the Politecnico web site,



  • The American School of Guatemala has an outstanding educational program. Part of the 8th grade Middle School activities is learning about GPS and about Google earth (satellite images) which is mostly part of the earth science curriculum. The 5th grad also has a map skills unit in the Social Studies (“Estudios Sociales”). This is big leap in the education in Guatemala. Many thanks for this information given by Maria Hirst who is the curriculum coordinator of the American School of Guatemala.
  • The Museum of Science and Technology of Guatemala (“Museo de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Guatemala”) has done many activities during the year 2008:
    • 13th of February of 2008: Conference for very small children (between 4 and 7 years old) on the “Eclipses and our Solar System”
    • 20th of February of 2008: Interactive conference and observation of the Total Eclipse of the Moon in cooperation with the Association of Astronomy and Astrophysics (“Asociacion de Astronomia y Astrofisica”).
    • 27th of February of 2008: Conference for the secondary education kids “Conquering the Universe” which included a bit of everything: Satellites, SSI, and Saturn V, the Apollo Program, Nebulaes and galaxies.
    • 9th of June of 2008: Conference for the secondary education kids “Conquering the Universe” which included a bit of everything: Satellites, SSI, Saturn V, the Apollo Program, Nebulaes and galaxies.
    • In the years before the museum has also done several Science Vacation Programs (“Escapada Cientifica en Vacaciones”). This is great support to the education here in Guatemala thanks to the efforts of Alcira.
  • The Museum of Science and Technology of Guatemala (“Museo de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Guatemala”)

    Direction: 2do Nivel, Hiperpaiz Puerta Parada, Km 15, Carretera a El Salvador, Guatemala, Centro America. Telephone: (502) 22500218 / 22500219 / 22539555, Website:, Email: عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.



  • University of Nottingham

    The university have an Institute of Engineering Surveying and Geodesy (IESSG) which this year is upgrade to the GRACE Institute (GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence). The Institute, formerly known as the Nottingham Surveying Group, has been active for almost 40 years. Technological revolution has been a striking feature of this period, with major advances in terrestrial opto-mechanical equipment, automated acquisition systems, and the development of satellite-based systems such as Transit, GPS and GLONASS, EGNOS and the European Galileo system.

    The core of Institute research activity has traditionally focused around satellite navigation and positioning systems, this has widened to include fields such as photogrammetry, remote sensing, sensor integration and geographical information systems. Our research ranges from fundamental science to application software solutions, with an ever increasing diversity, from engineering surveying to unmanned aerial vehicles. These activities are funded by Government and European bodies, research councils and industry. See our current research themes and projects pages.



  • University of Maine

    GPS, Geodesy and Application Program
    GPS - GAP
    Asynchronous Internet Education

    The GPS-GAP addresses the mathematical, physical and geodetic foundation of geospatial positioning with GPS (Global Positioning System). The material is presented with sufficient depth as needed for understanding all geospatial positioning accuracy levels, ranging from 100 meter to millimeter, in either real-time or post process. The basis for understanding GPS and its applications is mathematical modeling, signal processing, estimation, and geodetic theory. GPS-GAP, therefore, focuses on this foundation.

    Since the focus is on mathematics and physics, the courses fulfill undergraduate and graduate course requirements in engineering and science. Students will feel satisfaction from experiencing how mathematics, statistics, physics, electronics, and global data communication come together to generate such an amazing global system. Practitioners and application developers will gain useful knowledge from these courses for exploring satellite positioning within the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), consisting of GPS, the Russian GLONASS and the forthcoming European GALILEO and Chinese COMPASS systems.


  • The Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC, Toulouse, France) and the Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE, Toulouse, France) have recently developed a new Master of Science in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) that will start in Sept. 2012. This new Master of Science has been created with the support of the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA), and in partnership with Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and the Universität der Bundeswehr München (Germany). It has been designed to answer the needs of the GNSS and GNSS-dependent industry for highly qualified staff at a time when new GNSS programs (modernized GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, COMPASS, etc.) and new applications are being developed.

    To register, students need a completed bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Electrical engineering, Aerospace engineering,Telecommunications, Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent. 9 scholarships, each worth €4,000, are available to students enrolling for the academic year 2012-2013.

    More information is available on the attached leaflet of on the ENAC website: (then follow Training --> Master of Science Degree --> Master GNSS).

    This Master in GNSS is taught in English. It will provide students with a 2-year education in GNSS and telecommunications encompassing, for instance, antenna and signal propagation, signal processing, signal design, channel coding, receiver design, positioning techniques, system engineering, etc. In addition, courses on the different GNSS user communities, their specificities and their requirements (aeronautics, space, geodesy, pedestrian and vehicular positioning, UAV, etc.) are given. The Master program includes a 6-month internship in a company or a research lab to prepare the students for entering the industry.

  • The UPC and its EETAC School based in Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain has started a *Master in Geomatics and Navigation,* in English, that might be of your interest. The program consists in a three semesters of 30 ECTS each one. The first and second semesters are organized in five subjects of 6 ECTS each one, and the third semester consists of two subjects of 5 ECTS and a Master Thesis of 20 ECTS. This master is addressed to students coming with an academic profile on civil engineering, telecommunication engineering, aeronautical engineering, topographic engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, geography or geology.
    Check out more information on the programme and on how to apply by clicking in the following links:

Summer Programs

  • International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems: A Worldwide Utility
    Munich, Germany. July 20-30, 2009

    Since universities educate still the students only in single engineering fields, but satellite navigation, however, requires interdisciplinary knowledge, it is the objective of this summer school to provide the attendees with a comprehensive overview on the design and development of satellite navigation systems as well as its applications. The program is open to graduate students, PhD. candidates, early-stage researchers and young professional willing to broaden their knowledge.

    Besides Lecturers on fundamentals, topics will address the US Global Positioning System, the Russian GLONASS, the European Galileo system, the Chinese BEIDOU/COMPASS, the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) as well as the augmentation systems.

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