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Master thesis project (LUMAGIS)


This is the thesis course in the Master´s program in GIS. It is compulsory for obtaining a MSc degree in Geographical Information Science from Lund University. Open to GIS master programme students only.

Course contents

In this course, you will be performing an independent research project using GIS techniques. You will write a scientific thesis in English in which you will report the aim of your study, methodology, results, as well as discuss your results in a wider concept. We'd like your thesis work to constitute a total of 20 weeks of fulltime work. This time includes data collection, analyses, literature review and writing. Your thesis can be applied, or focus on technical or theoretical issues.

You will have a supervisor at Lund University. But as you may live far away from Lund University, we generally also recommend one locally based, co-supervisor. This co-supervisor could be one of your superiors at work, a teacher, or another suitable contact. 

Defending your thesis

Your will be defending your thesis before an examination board. This is done as an open seminar, many times using Skype or other similar conferencing environments.

To be registered for the thesis course, you need to be admitted to the GIS distance learning master´s programme and and should have passed the compulsory and elective courses together adding up to 90 ECTS of GIS courses.


Course responsible is David Tenenbaum. You are welcome to contact him if you have any questions, but read the course compendium available from the course homepage first. It is recommended to start early with finding a suitable subject for your thesis project and collecting GIS data.

Contact David Tenenbaum

Course coordinator

Apply for this course

You can now apply for this course directly on our home page, in case the regular registration on does not work in your case.

Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 30 ECTS
Period: Autumn & Spring
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: 90 ECTS GIS courses
Technical prerequisites: PC with Windows 7 or better; Internet connection

Course syllabus (pdf, 222 kb, new window)

For current students