Geographical Information Science - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Do you want to obtain leading-edge expertise in processing digital geographical data? If so, our Master’s programme in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is for you. GIS is highly usable and in demand among many employers involved in environmental issues and community planning, but also other work areas . Teaching is conducted entirely online.
This Master’s (120 credits) programme is intended for students who wish to learn to analyse and model spatial phenomena using GIS. A degree from the programme leads to opportunities to work in a range of areas in which GIS is an important method. This could, for example, involve analysis of climate change in large or small geographical regions, nature conservation, resource management in agriculture, access to water or the planning of tourism and urban development from an environmental perspective.
During the programme, you learn to process and critically review geographical data regarding precision and quality, and you receive basic practical training in the latest GIS software. You will also learn database methodology and cartography, and deepen your knowledge of GIS methodology in different applications.
The first part of the programme consists of compulsory modules that provide a theoretical and practical basis for managing GIS. The second part of the studies entails a freer choice of modules in which you can deepen your knowledge depending on specialisation and interest. These specialised areas include GIS and climate change, GIS and hydrology, GIS and tourism/recreation, programming in GIS, spatial infrastructure (SDI), environmental planning, algorithm theory, remote sensing, online GIS and biodiversity.
A student version of one of the biggest commercial GIS programs is distributed to you free of charge at the start of the programme for installation on your computer (barring Mac operating systems at present). Most of the practical exercises are conducted on your own computer. Presentations and defence of degree projects are conducted in person or through digital presentation tools.
The programme can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. All courses are offered online as text, audio or video lectures. You have the option to select the learning method that work best for you. You and you lecturers correspond with each other via email, internet forums or digital meeting platforms.
The Master’s programme provides opportunities for employment in the public and private sector, both nationally and internationally. After completing the programme, you will have knowledge that can be used in planning, implementing and managing GIS within different application areas. This expertise is sought after in the labour market, particularly in science, social sciences and engineering applications where the spatial dimension is important. Your knowledge is relevant for applications in, for example, hydrology, agriculture, forestry, military activities and for planning on a local, regional and national level in areas such as wind power, water supply, road networks, urban planning, nature conservation and other societal functions.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree
Requirements and selection
Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits or the equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
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.
Start Spring Semester 2022
Mixed-time Lund, full time 100%
In English, distance learning
No mandatory meetings
17 January 2022 - 14 January 2024
Closed for applications
Mixed-time Lund, part time 50%
In English, distance learning
No mandatory meetings
17 January 2022 - 18 January 2026
Closed for applications
Start Autumn Semester 2022
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.
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 www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
- 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 www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column 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.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' when you apply to this programme.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 230 000
First payment: SEK 57 500
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or 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.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
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.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance