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GIS and Remote Sensing - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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Geomatics involves the acquisition, management and analysis of phenomena with a spatial reference. Within this field, Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing are key tools to adopt in spatial analysis that finds applications in many areas, such as health, environment management, natural resources assessment, urban planning, geology, archaeology and agronomy.

This programme aims to provide you with knowledge in spatial analysis focusing mainly on environmental applications. Models and theories for understanding the Earth’s climate and ecosystems are integrated with knowledge on collecting environmental information, using remote sensing, storing the information in databases, and theories behind Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as well as Remote sensing using satellite data and aerial photographs.

Course content

In the programme, you study a number of obligatory courses; programming for applications in GIS and remote sensing (15 credits), Applied GIS (15 credits) and Satellite Remote Sensing (15 credits). In addition, you choose elective courses from our department, at least 30 credits from the following;  Algorithms and data structures in GIS (7.5 credits), Web GIS (7,5 credits), Spatial Analysis (7.5 credits), Geographical Databases (7.5 credits), Geospatial artificial intelligence (7.5 credits), and Collection and Analysis of Geospatial 3D Data (7.5 credits). An elective courses to study to a specialization towards physical geography and ecosystem sciences can be Ecosystem modelling (15 credits),  Global Ecosystem Dynamics (15 credits) or Climate change and its impact on the environment, or an Internship course of 15 credits. The programme ends with a Master’s degree project (30).

Career prospects

Graduates from the programme will be able to work as GIS and environmental specialists in public and private sectors within areas such as environmental monitoring, urban planning and development, natural resources and sustainability. The programme is also suitable for students interested in research careers.

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Application opportunities


Study advisor

Susanna Olsson

Phone: +46 46 2223622

Email: studyadvisor [at] mail [dot] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor of Science or Engineering amounting to at least 180 credits or the equivalent, within a specialisation of relevance to the study programme. The degree must include at least 15 credits in GIS Geographical Information Systems.

Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.

Selection criteria

Based on grades awarded for previous academic courses, as well as a statement of purpose for the application and professional qualifications and/or other practical experience of relevance to the study programme (from the applicant’s “Summary sheet”).

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026


Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Programme-specific documents

When applying for this programme, you must also submit a ‘Summary Sheet’.

Summary sheet for GIS and Remote Sensing (PDF, new window)

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 340 000

First payment: SEK 85 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations