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Master's Programme in Human Geography with specialisation in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

  • Number of credits 60 credits

Geographical information systems (GIS), used for managing geographic data, map-making and spatial analysis, has increased in importance in recent years. GIS knowledge is in demand on many parts of the labour market. The Master's Programme in Human Geography with specialisation in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is suitable for social science and other students, as well as gainfully employed, who want to further develop their GIS knowledge.

While studying

The programme offers students to further develop GIS knowledge and skills. Topics include geodatabase design and applied cartography, as well as advanced editing, geoprocessing and analysis. In addition, the programme covers two important applications of GIS: transport planning and 3D modelling in a planning context. The utilization of computer-aided design (CAD) in conjunction with GIS is also given attention. The programme is taught in English.

Learning environment
The department has its own GIS computer lab equipped with up-to-date software. The main software used is ArcGIS Desktop. During the course of the programme, you will also use other GIS software, work with CAD programs and learn post-processing of maps in raster and vector graphics editors. Parts of the programme may be studied abroad by applying for exchange studies at a partner university.

Teacher and Researchers

Magnus Strömgren, Senior Lecturer
Cenk Demiroglu, postdoc
Roger Marjavaara, associate professor
Erika Sandow, Senior Lecturer

Programme overview

Career opportunities

Successful students will acquire in-depth GIS knowledge and skills of considerable societal relevance. The ability to conduct qualified GIS analyses is demanded in many sectors of the labour market. The programme also grants basic eligibility for doctorate studies.

Labour market
The programme qualifies students for professional positions involving GIS in state agencies and municipal functions as well as the private sector. The labour market for students with in-depth GIS knowledge is considered favourable, both now and in the longer run. In addition to the general demand for geodatabase management skills, GIS constitutes an important tool in many professions working with topics such as traffic, the environment, urban planning and regional development.


Master of Science (60 credits). Major field of study; Human Geography. Specialisation; Geographical Information Systems.

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Programme is given by
Department of Geography
Contactperson for the programme is:
Magnus Strömgren