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Plan your programme studies

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. Note that you can only apply to 180 credits within the programme.

Quick links:

Bachelor´s programme

Master´s programmes 

Bachelor´s programme courses

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

BSc First year students

Application (15th September - 17th October) for the spring semester:

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)

Application (15th March- 17th April) for second year autumn semester:

Note that here are 15 credits that is not a mandatory course.

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 75 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 NGEA31 and NGEA32.

List of available courses at other departments and SLU

BSc Second year students

Application (15th September - mid October) for the second year spring semester:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This autumn semester is also when you plan and apply for your exchange or other courses outside our department in the third year. 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 need to have 30 credits from another department or university to get the BSc degree diploma. If you have courses from earlier studies, you may include them in your degree instead and apply for a course at the department.

You must study any courses that are not too similar to our courses. If you have questions, please contact the study advisors.

BSc Third year students

Application March-April for the third year autumn semester, if not going on exchange

If you are staying in Lund for this semester, you may choose courses from other departments at Lund University, distance courses or campus courses at other universities. Just remember that you may not study a course that is too similar to a course ou already have in the programme, and you need 30 credits of courses other than from our department, in your application for the degree.

If you already have 30 credits other than INES courses, you may of course study one of our courses if you wish.

List of courses at LU and SLU (excel) - note! These are just some examples of some courses, find you preferred course at

Application (September - October) for the third year spring semester:


Master´s programmes courses

Geomatics programme

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

Applying for second year autumn semester:

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: 

  • NGEM01 Master Degree Project 30 ects - Application code 54077 (full time studies), 54078 (half time studies)


Master´s programme in 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, youmust  have one more 15 credits course 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 as well as the second year autumn semester: 

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

Suggestions of electives at our department, but note that you are also allowed to study 30 credits of basic courses which are not listed here.

Spring elective courses at our department:

Autumn elective courses:

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

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:

NOTE! There are only 15 credits of electives in the programme that can be studied at other departments, or for taking the internship course, while the remaining 30 credits must be electives from the following at INES:

Spring courses:

NGEN22    Geographical databases 7,5 credits
NGEN23    Spatial Analysis 7,5 credits

Autumn courses:
NGEN25    Algorithms and data structures in GIS 7,5 credits (updated course from autumn 2023)
NGEN26    Web GIS 7,5 credits
NGEN27    Geospatial artificial intelligens 7.5 credits (new course, start autumn 2023)
NGEN28    Collection and Analysis of Geospatial 3D Data 7.5 credits (new course, start autumn 2023)

Applying for second year autumn semester: 

  • Autumn period 1: Elective 15 credits 
  • Autumn period 2: Elective 15 credits 

Applying for the second year spring semester: