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Physical Geography: Satellite Remote Sensing

Course · 15 credits


The overall goal of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in satellite-based remote sensing for studies of the Earth's environment, with a focus on optical remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems.

After completing the course, you as a student should be able to:

  • Describe the basic physical principles of remote sensing
  • Explain the basic technical principles of satellites, sensors and ground segments for data collection, as well as the properties of available data from these systems
  • Explain the principles of digital image management and image processing in remote sensing
  • Describe important areas of application for satellite-based remote sensing in research, society and private activities
  • Exemplify and propose the use of remote sensing in different climate areas and for different types of ecosystems and land use, as well as understand and account for limitations with current technology.

Course content

The aim of the course is to convey in-depth knowledge and skills in digital satellite-based remote sensing for studies of the earth's environment and human impact on it. The course consists of two parts of 7.5 higher education credits:
1. Remote sensing theory and image processing
The section deals with basic physical principles and terminology for remote sensing, overview of satellites and sensors. Furthermore, you learn about data processing and basic image processing methods in remote sensing, including radiometric and geometric correction, image enhancement, classification methods, image transformations and integration of field data and thematic map production.

2. Applications in environment, society and research
The section deals with the use of satellite-based remote sensing in important application areas, eg environmental problems, agriculture, forestry, urban applications or water management, use of satellite data in different time and space resolution, use of models in remote sensing, analysis of data from different climate areas, and applications in society and research.


The teaching consists of lectures, laboratory work, field exercises, seminars, group exercises and project work. Participation in laboratory work, field exercises, seminars, group exercises and project work and thus integrated other teaching is mandatory.

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Study advisor

Susanna Olsson

Phone: +46 46 2223622

Email: susanna [dot] olsson [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Physical geography student office

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

For admission to the course English B/6 and 90 credits scientific studies is required.

Prior knowledge in basic geographic information science (GIS) is recommended but is not a requirement.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: ECTS (HPAV): 100 %.

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.

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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 Spring Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

20 March 2024 - 2 June 2024


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

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.
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  • 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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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 38 750

First payment: SEK 38 750

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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