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Master’s programme in Geomatics

The Master´s programme in Geomatics prepares you for work in governmental and private organisations as well as for research. The courses cover a wide range of areas in the field of geomatics including geographic information systems (GIS), geodesy, remote sensing and computer science.


Bachelor´s degree representing 180 ECTS in scientific or technical subjects. When you are accepted as a student to the programme, you are guaranteed a place on all courses on condition that you fulfil the particular entry requirements for each course.

Programme contents

The programme consists of three parts. The first part provides theoretical courses in e.g. computer science and statistics. The second part contains a number of courses in geographic information technology, for example remote sensing, geodesy, spatial database technology and cartographic rules for screen display. The third and last part treats applications mainly focusing on environmental, physical and urban planning.

Exchange opportunities

One opportunity for you admitted to the geomatics program is to read part of the program abroad. There are many partner universities at Lund University to choose from, and also specific agreements between our department and departments at other universities abroad.

Please contact our international coordinator Martin Berggren for more information and support in decisions about exchange studies.

Job market after education

The master's program in geomatics aims to provide an attractive education that is sought after in state and municipal administration, private business and provides a basis for research in the field. The use of GIS in particular is extremely expansive in a number of industries. To meet the growing need for people with competence in geomatics, the need for education is considered to be very great. It is mainly municipalities, administrations and consulting companies that currently employ geomaticians.

Overview of courses in the programme

Year 1

Starting with the autumn semester:

Geographic information systems basic course, 15 ects

GIS is very useful and in demand by many employers who work with the environment and community planning. Here you will learn to understand, analyze and cartographically and graphically present digital map material.

 Read more about Geographical information systems, basic course

Geographic information systems advanced course, 15 ects

In-depth study of GIS and spatial analysis. Here you work with advanced use of existing programs for database construction, analysis and presentation of geographical information.

Read more about Geographical information systems, advanced course

Spatial Analysis, 7.5 credits and Geographic Databases, 7.5 credits

In the course Spatial Analysis, you will learn how information about processes in the spatial environment can be analyzed, such as urban distribution, agricultural land, the presence of natural resources or water flows. Geographic databases are about designing, building and using geographic databases.

Read more about the course Spatial Analysis

Read more about the course Geographical databases

Satellite remote sensing, 15 ects

The course gives you theory and technology regarding the use of digital satellite-based remote analysis in important application areas, such as climate, environment, agriculture, forestry, urban applications and water management and how to use satellite data in different time and space resolution.

Read more about the course Satellite remote sensing

Year 2

Starting with the autumn semester:

Programming for applications in geomatics, physical geography and ecosystem science, 15 ects

You will learn to use Matlab and and Python especially with a focus on natural geographical applications. No previous programming knowledge required.

Programming for applications in geomatics, physical geography and ecosystem science

Internet GIS,7,5 ects and Algorithms in GIS,7,5 ects

Internet GIS teaches you to publish, visualize and the architecture of web GIS, with different programming languages, cartography, geoportals and more. Algorithms in GIS give you deeper theoretical knowledge in GIS to be able to do more analyzes in advanced GIS tools.

Read more about the course Internet GIS

Read more about the course Algorithms in GIS

Degree project master, 30 credits

The degree project is your independent work, where you immerse yourself in a topic that interests you. You have a supervisor and can, for example, do your degree project in one of the research projects that our talented researchers at the department work with. You can also choose to do your degree project in collaboration with companies, other universities or organizations. You make the layout and subject delimitation in consultation with your supervisor.

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Alternative for students with previous studies corresponding to 30 ECTS GIS

Year 1

Programming for applications in geomatics, physical geography and ecosystem science, 15 ects

Internet GIS 7,5 ects

Algorithms in GIS 7,5 ects

Spatial Analysis 7,5 ects

Geographical databases 7,5 ects

Satellite remote sensing 15 ects

Year 2:

Autumn: Elective from INES, Exchange opportunities

Spring: Master Degree Project, 30 ects

How to apply to this program:

Find the application process at Lund University education pages

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Programme facts

Level: Master
Credits: 120 ECTS
Program starts: Autumn
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in natural sciences or engineering

How to apply for this programme

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12
S-223 62 Lund

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