This is an Internet-based distance learning programme in which you learn how to analyse and model spatial phenomena, focusing on natural resources, using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and remote sensing. The aim is to offer you a flexible and comprehensive training in GIS, remote sensing and environmental modelling. All courses are provided over the Internet, including text, audio and video lectures, email contact, forums and Skype correspondence with specialised academic staff. You can adopt the learning methods that work best for you and choose your own pace of study for any given semester. The course offers hands-on training using up-to-date software and affords the opportunity to achieve deep theoretical understanding, as well as excellent technical skills, of e.g. GIS, remote sensing, spatial programming, SDI, database management, cartography and environmental modelling. The programme runs 22 months and is taught by world-class faculties in Sweden (Lund University) and the Netherlands (University of Twente).

Programme modules/courses

The programme starts with 1.5 semesters (45 credits) of compulsory courses: GIS (15 credits), Remote Sensing (10 credits), Natural Resource Management (15 credits), and GIS and Statistics (5 credits). This is followed by 35 credits of specialisation, where the student can choose between a large number of technical and applied courses.

Examples of elective courses are Databases, Climate Change, Systems Analysis, Open Source GIS, GIS and Tourism, EIA/SEA, Ecosystem Modelling, Python Programming, SDI, Food Security, Internet GIS, Hydrological Modelling, Carbon and Climate.

The programme ends with two compulsory courses in Research Methods and Proposal Writing, plus a 30 credit Master’s degree project (thesis).

A course calendar with course structure and modules is available on the website,

Career prospects

After completing the programme, you will have gained theoretical and practical knowledge about the planning, implementation and handling of GIS and remote sensing within diverse disciplines, focusing on natural resources. These skills are highly useful within all areas concerned with spatial phenomena, such as natural and social sciences, medicine, engineering, hydrology, agriculture, forestry, defence, global change and in spatial planning of local, regional and national systems.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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