Second Level/Cycle. 120 credits (2 years, daytime, study tempo 100%). Start Autumn Term 2021.

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Robert Salmijärvi, a student at the Master's Programme in Geomatics with Remote Sensing and GIS

This Master’s programme develops students’ skills in several fields, such as remote sensing, GIS, methods for modelling, explorative data analysis and visualisation with a focus on Earth and Environmental Sciences. Teaching emphasizes both hands-on experience and the exploration of fundamental concepts and methods and is linked to research undertaken at the department. Outreach activities, internships and research collaborations ensure our students gain insights into real world problems and applications leading to enhanced opportunities when entering the job market.

Geographical information, also known as geodata, is central to many modern activities from parcel tracking to storm tracking and navigation to monitoring elephant behaviour. Satellite data is used in global activities such as the evaluation of progress towards sustainable development goals, estimations of carbon storage and emissions, mapping glacier dynamics and evaluating ecosystem health. Remote sensing systems from laser scanning and radar to hyperspectral imaging are introduced. Geographic information systems (GIS) make efficient management of such diverse data possible, facilitating many different types of analysis and modelling, in a future accelerating towards the exploitation of Big Data.

Landscape change, environmental monitoring and mapping, as well as environmental issues in general, feature significantly on the daily political agenda. This situation is further enhanced by environmental agreements that demand the continuous reporting of the status of and changes in the environment at municipality to international scales. Geomatics is central to meeting these demands. Consequently, graduates mastering skills in data acquisition methods and analysis, as well as in visualisation and mapping, are in high demand in both the public and private sectors.

Programme structure

The two-year Master’s Programme consists of 120 credits

45 credits Mandatory advanced courses
15-45 credits Optional courses
30-60 credits Master thesis (mandatory)

Year 1 Mandatory courses and optional courses
Autumn, A-B Applied Remote Sensing and GIS for Landscape Analysis, 15 credits
Autumn, C-D Geographic Analysis and Visualisation in GIS, 15 credits
Spring, A-B Advanced Remote Sensing, 15 credits
Spring, C-D Optional courses, 15 credits
Year 2 Optional courses and master thesis
  Optional courses, 0/15/30 credits
  Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 30/45/60 credits 


The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis, which may extend over one or two terms.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for this programme you must have knowledge corresponding to a Bachelor’s degree in biology-earth sciences, geography, Earth sciences or equivalent subjects within natural sciences or technical sciences. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.

Please Note: Equivalent subject within natural sciences or technical sciences means at least 90 ECTS credits in a related subject as surveying or other landscape studies. A Bachelor in engineering without 90 ECTS credits in earth science, geography, surveying or other landscape studies is not regarded as “equivalent”.


Grades of academic courses, motivation letter and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme.

Application documentation specific for this programme

In addition to the documents required by, the following documents must accompany all applications to this Master’s Programme:

  1. Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page)
  2. CV
  3. Brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide explanation of grading scale.
  4. List your courses to indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the programme.

If you are still studying for your Bachelor degree when making the admission application then please write in the personal letter which courses and credits are yet to be completed.

How to apply and upload documents

Follow the instructions at on how to apply and how to submit your supporting documents. Please do not send any documents directly to the department.

Dates and deadlines

January 15 – Last date to apply for Master programmes for all applicants
Application period: October 16 - January 15

Application process

All applications must be sent through The number of students admitted to each of our programmes is limited and admission is granted on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected by an admission committee.

Step-by-step guide

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