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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 January 15 2024 - last date to apply for all applicants.

    Required supporting documentation

    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). 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 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 Gustaf Hugelius here.

    Questions and Answers
    Ian Brown, Programme responsible about this Programme:

    We have had very positive feedback from employers!

    Who should apply to this programme?  
    Geographers, geoscientists, biology-Earth sciences who want to develop their knowledge and skills in geodata management and spatial analysis with GIS and remote sensing.  
    What is specific for this programme? 
    The programme focuses on the development of knowledge towards real everyday applications in geography and earth sciences. 
    Is there an opportunity for studies abroad and internships? 
    Yes. We have had students who have worked from the Arctic to Africa. 
    How do you think the students should consider when choosing optional (elective) courses within the programme? 
    Students can choose from a wide range of courses: modeling, statistics and programming have been chosen by former students e.g. 
    What skills do students acquire after graduation? 
    GIS and geodata skills. 
    What kind of jobs do the students usually get after their studies? 
    Consulting jobs in geodata, planning and jobs within municipalities, county administrative boards or authorities. 
    What is most fun with this education? 
    Group work, problem solving, the opportunity to explore socially important problems and new technologies (satellite data, drones, topics such as environmental health and climate). 
    How is it to teach on this programme?! 
    Fun, challenging. The student groups are very diverse with students from different backgrounds and countries. 
    Anything else you would like to tell us about the education? 
    We have had very positive feedback from employers! 
    What do you do when you're not researching/teaching? 
    Sleeping and running. 
    What is your research subject? 
    Snow, ice sheets, radar, ecosystems. 
    What education did you choose?  
    Geography and history, both interesting topics with societal relevance. 
    Your best tip for an aspiring student? 
    Follow your interests! 

  • Contact

    Program responsible
    Ian Brown

    Study counsellor, student office and other contacts