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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.

Landscape change, environmental monitoring and mapping, as well as environmental issues in general, feature significantly on the daily political agenda.

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 overview

    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

    Autumn term

    Applied Remote Sensing, and GIS for Landscape Analysis, 15 credits

    Geographic Analysis and Visualization in GIS, 15 credits

    Spring term

    Advanced Remote Sensing, 15 credits

    Optional courses, 15 credits

    Year 2

    The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis 30, 45 or 60 credits, which may extend over one or two terms: Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology 30/45/60 credits.

  • How to apply

    All applications must be sent through www.universityadmissions.se. January 16 2023 - last date to apply for all applicants.

    Required supporting documentation

    In addition to the documents required by www.universityadmissions.se, the following documents must accompany all applications to this master’s programme:

    1. Personal letter/Letter of interest (maximum one page). Please indicate how you fulfill the specific requirements for the programme in the letter.
      Further information: Frequently asked questions about admissions
    2. CV
    3. Brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS).

    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.

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    Meet Robert Salmijärvi

    A former student at the Master's Programme in Geomatics with Remote Sensing and GIS

    Meet our teachers

    Our researchers. Your teachers.

    Education and research are closely linked at Stockholm University. As a student, you will have direct contact with leading researchers in your field and access to the most recent scientific findings. Meet a Gustaf Hugelius here.

  • Contact

    Student Counsellor
    Maria Damberg
    E-mail: maria.damberg@natgeo.su.se

    Program responsible
    Ian Brown
    E-mail: ian.brown@natgeo.su.se