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GIS for Landscape & Environmental Archaeology

  • Number of credits 15 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Spring Term 2022

About the course

The course introduces the student to GIS (geographical information systems) for landscape and environmental archaeology. The course gives the student the opportunity to learn to use geographical databases and a number of different analysis and visualization techniques, as well as how they can be interpreted and evaluated. Landscape and environmental archaeological data have geographical, chronological and human dimensions that lay the foundation for understanding previous human activity, landscapes and environments. Analysing these dimensions requires an understanding of how data can be handled and evaluated and how they are related. 

The course is based on a combination of thematic introductory lectures and practical reviews with subsequent seminars in groups and in addition individual, practical work. The work is based on case studies with a focus on landscape and environmental archaeology studies. Materials for case studies are obtained from published scientific articles and reports, various projects at the department and the Environmental Archaeological Laboratory (including SEAD - strategic environmental archaeological database), other archaeological and environmental archaeological databases, various digital map services and geodatabases; also data that the student has produced himself. This work forms the basis for further learning and it is used by the student to present results and form the basis for group discussions. The student gets to learn how data and results can be presented in different ways, also through digital cartography. The student may also use and evaluate different forms of data visualization.

Application and eligibility

GIS for Landscape & Environmental Archaeology, 15 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


17 January 2022


23 March 2022

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are 90 ECTS in any of the following subjects, Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Geography, Geology, History, Anthropology, Classics, Biological and/or environmental sciences, or an equivalent/ related subject. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 15 October 2021. The application period is closed.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 23,250

Total fee

SEK 23,250

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Contactpersons for the course are:
Malcolm Lillie, Programme director