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Applying for courses

Guide to choosing and applying for courses

Every semester you must apply for the courses you will study next semester. It is very important to apply for your spring courses in the autumn application opening, and for your autumn courses in spring, at the given dates. Apply online at

Remember to log in as a programme student

You log in to the or via the student portal to find the courses and apply. The application is open around October/November and March/April. 

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Bachelor´s programme

Master´s programmes 

Bachelor´s programme course applications

The BSc programme is rather fixed, with most courses mandatory. You start the first year with NGEA01 Introduction to the Global Environment, followed by NGEA07 Theory and methods of Physical Geography. This is how you should apply for further your studies:

First year students

Application (October) for the spring semester:

You apply to the spring courses in autumn round. First year spring courses are mandatory, unless you have already studied similar courses, you must apply for:

  • First year, spring period 1: NGEA22 Hydrology (Mandatory) 15 credits
  • First year, spring period 2: NGEA04 Ecosystem Analysis (Mandatory) 15 credits

Application (mid March- mid April) for second year autumn semester:

In spring the second year you must apply for the autumn semester second year: Note that here are 15 credits that is not a mandatory course.

  • Second year, autumn period 1: NGEA11 Geographical Information Systems (Mandatory), 15 credits
  • Second year, autumn period 2: NGEA12 Geographical Information systems advanced (Optional), 15 credits.

Here is an option to choose another course of your choice in the second half of the semester: The optional course may be anything of your choice, at another department, other university if you like. It is also possible to study the Internship course, but please note that this requires 90 credits of previous studies.

NOTE: Do not mix the GIS courses up with the ones that are given as distance courses. You must apply for the campus courses.

Second year students

Application (October) for the second year spring semester:

Applying for the spring semester:

  • Second year, spring period 1: NGEA21 The climate system (Mandatory) 15 credits
  • Second year, spring period 2: NGEA03 Remote sensing for landscape studies (Mandatory) 15 credits

IMPORTANT NOTE: This semester is also when you plan for your exchange or other courses outside our department in the third year autumn semester. Keep alert to information from the international coordinator.

Application (March-April) for the third year autumn semester:

If you are not going on exchange, you must apply for courses outside our department. The plan of the programme is that you can not take ANY courses at our department, including the Internship course. This is a semester for you to widen your horizons. You must study any courses that are not too similar to our courses. If you have questions, please contact the study advisors.

Note that you may use credits previous studies, not from our department.

Third year students

Application (October) for the third year spring semester:

Applying for the spring semester:

  • Third year, spring period 1: NGEA09 Land surface processes and landscape dynamics (Mandatory), 15 credits
  • Third year, spring period 2: NGEK01 Bachelor´s degree project (Mandatory), 15 credits


Master´s programmes course applications

Geomatics programme (2022/2023)

In the Geomatics programme, depending on your first semester, you choose programme courses or elective courses.

Applying for second year autumn semester:

  • NGEN20 Programming for applications in geomatics, physical geography and ecosystem science, 15 ECTS
  • NGEN07 Web GIS 7,5 ECTS + NGEN06 Algorithms in GIS 7,5 ECTS

NOTE: If you previously to your master´s programme already had 30 credits GIS, and studied these courses in the first year, you are free to choose 30 credits elective courses or exchange studies. You may also take the Internship course of 15 credits. You are allowed to include maximum 30 credits of basic courses in your Master´s degree.

Appling for the second year spring semester: 


Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

In your degree you need 45 credits from our department, plus the Master thesis project 30 credits. After the first semester which is mandatory in this programme, you then have one more 15 credits course to choose from our department, and another 45 credits of elective courses at our department or or elsewhere.

Hence: 45 credits + 30 credits thesis must be taken at our department. Then 45 credits elective courses from our department, another department at LU, or another university.

Applying for the first year spring semester and second year autumn semester: 

  • Electives, of which 15 credits must be from our department

Suggestions of electives at our department:

  • NGEN02 Ecosystem modelling, 15 credits
  • NGEN06 Algorithms in GIS, 7,5 credits
  • NGEN07 Webb GIS, 7,5 credits
  • NGEN08 Satellite remote sensing, 15 credits
  • NGEN09 Remote Sensing - Digital Methods, 7,5 credits
  • NGEN11 Spatial analysis, 7,5 credits
  • NGEN12 Geografical databases, 7,5 credits
  • NGEN17 Global Ecosystem Dynamics, 15 credits
  • NGEN 20 Programming for Applications in Geomatics 15 credits
  • NGEN 21 Applied GIS 15 credits

You will find the proposed programme line-up here

Appling for the second year spring semester: 


Master´s programme in Geographical Information Systems

For students at the online Master´s programme in GIS the study plan is described here


Master´s programme in GIS and Remote sensing (starting autumn 2022)

In this programme there are 45 credits mandatory courses, 30 credits electives from our department, and 15 credits electives at our department or elsewhere. Plus 30 credits Master degree project at our department in the final semester.

Application (October), applying for first year spring semester:

You apply to the spring courses in the first autumn application round. You must apply for:

  • First year, spring period 1: Elective 15 credits 
  • First year, spring period 2: NGEA24 Satellite remote sensing (Mandatory) 15 credits

Note that there are only 15 credits of electives that can be studied at other departments, while the remaining 30 credits must be electives from INES.

Applying for second year autumn semester: 

  • Second year, autumn period 1: Elective 15 credits 
  • Second year, autumn period 2: Elective 15 credits 

Applying for the second year spring semester: