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Master’s programme in Geographical Information Systems

Full distance learning programme

The Master´s programme in Geographical Information Science is a distance learning master´s programme that you may study at half time or full time pace, 120 ECTS. If you want to learn how to analyse, simulate and present spatial phenomena with use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), then this is the master's programme for you.

Programme overview

As a student on this programme you will obtain the basic practical training of how to use the latest GIS software together with the needed theoretical background. You have the opportunity to learn database methods, cartography and extend your knowledge in GIS methods within different fields of application.The aim of the programme is to offer the student a flexible and complete master´s education in GIS. All the courses offered in this Master´s programme are internet based. The course material is presented as text, sound- and video presentations and students and teachers have contact through the internetforum, email or Skype. As a student you have the possibility to choose your own study-pace (100% or 50%).


The programme starts with one semester (30 ects) of compulsory courses. The programme then offers great opportunities to tailor your education as there are many elective courses to choose from. In this programme 52.5 ECTS can be chosen from 90 ECTS of currently available courses. The programme ends with a 7.5 ects course i Research Methodology, and a 30 ects Master´s degree project thesis work.


Compulsory courses:

Geographical Information Systems, introduction, 15 ECTS (GISA21)
Geographical Information Systems, advanced, 15 ECTS (GISA22)
Research Methodology, 7.5 ECTS (GISN15)

Master thesis project, 30 ECTS (GISM01)

Electives related to social sciences:

GIS and Physical Planning, 7.5 ECTS (GISN14)
GIS in Tourism and recreational planning, 7.5 ECTS (GISN33)

Elective common courses:

Geographical databases, 7.5 ECTS (GISN06)
Open Source GIS, 7.5 ECTS (GISN04)
GIS and statistical analysis, 5 ECTS (GISN31)
Spatial Data Infrastructure, 5 ECTS (GISN35)

Electives related to natural science:

GIS and biodiversity, 7.5 ECTS (GISN11)
GIS and Climate Change, 7.5 ECTS (GISN32)
GIS and Distributed Hydrological Modelling 7.5 ECTS (GISN36)

Technical elective courses:

Web GIS, 7.5 ECTS (GISN09)
Digital Remote Sensing and GIS, 7.5 ECTS (GISN08)
Algorithms in GIS, 7.5 ECTS (GISN07)
Python Programming in GIS, 5 ECTS (GISN34)

Job market

After finishing the programme you will have the theoretical and practical knowledge for planning, implementing and using GIS within different application areas. Good knowledge of GIS applications are sought-after within all areas dealing with spatial information within:

  • natural sciences
  • social sciences and civil engineering
  • within hydrology
  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • environmental issues, and
  • within geographical planning on local, regional and national level

Find out about English language proficiency requirements.


For information about the programme contact David Tenenbaum

Programme facts

Level: Master
Credits: 120 ECTS
Program starts: Autumn and spring
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS). Bachelor's degree must be completed at the time of application, as we do not allow conditional admission to this programme

Programme syllabus

How to apply for this programme