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This PhD provides an opportunity to expand your research skills and contribute to advancement of knowledge in in geomatics. Through the acquisition, management and dissemination of quality geospatial information, you will help develop technologies for various applications in geomatics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree or an equivalent degree in a relevant field for geomatic sciences (geomatics, geography, biology, forest sciences, mathematics, informatics, urban planning, etc.)

Applicants who hold a master’s degree but have little or no knowledge of geomatics may be admissible. However, admission is not automatic.

Although knowledge of French or English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in French or in English to successfully complete this program. Students who are not proficient enough in these languages may have difficulty in their studies. Students must ensure that they have a good understanding of French or English and, if necessary, take steps to improve their language skills during their studies (for example at Université Laval’s language school). In the event of significant deficiencies, program direction can impose corrective measures. 

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

English proficiency

Applicants must have a good understanding of written English.

Research Areas

  • Geographic information systems
  • Mobile mapping and online geospatial services
  • Acquisition, design, and management of geospatial databases 
  • Quality, processing, and analysis of geospatial data 
  • Land rights, surveying, cadastral systems, and zoning
  • Satellite imaging
  • Augmented reality
  • 3D modeling
  • Remote sensing and terrestrial LIDAR
  • Cognitive geomatics
  • Digital photogrammetry
  • Territorial governance
  • Hydrography
  • Topometry, metrology, and microgeodesy 
  • Satellite positioning (GPS)


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Department of Geomatic sciences website giving their fields of research. (In French only).

A number of professors have an interest in supervising students under the agreement between UL and the CSC. Their areas of expertise and contact information are provided below.