Master of Science in Geomatics with Remote Sensing and GIS


Programme Description

This Master’s program develops students’ skills in several fields, such as remote sensing, GIS, methods for modelling, explorative data analysis and visualization with a focus on Earth and Environmental Sciences. 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 behavior. 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 the 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 visualization and mapping, are in high demand in both the public and private sectors.

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Programme structure

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 - Mandatory courses and optional courses

  • Applied Remote Sensing and GIS for Landscape Analysis, 15 credits
  • Geographic Analysis and Visualisation in GIS, 15 credits
  • Advanced Remote Sensing, 15 credits
  • Optional courses, 15 credits

Year 2 - Optional courses and master thesis

  • Optional courses, 0/15/30 credits
  • Degree project in Degree Project in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 30/40/60 credits

The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master thesis, which may extend over one or two terms.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the centre of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.


Admission requirements

To be eligible for this program you must have knowledge corresponding to a Bachelor’s degree in biology-earth sciences, geography, Earth sciences or equivalent subjects within natural sciences or technical sciences. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.

Please Note: Equivalent subject within natural sciences or technical sciences means at least 90 ECTS credits in a related subject as surveying or other landscape studies. A Bachelor in engineering without 90 ECTS credits in earth science, geography, surveying or other landscape studies is not regarded as “equivalent”.


Grades of academic courses, motivation letter and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the program.

Application documentation specific for this program

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)
  2. CV
  3. A brief summary of the grading system of your university (if other than ECTS). Provide an explanation of the grading scale.
  4. List your courses to indicate how you fulfil the specific requirements for the program.

If you are still studying for your Bachelor's degree when making the admission application then please write in the personal letter which courses and credits are yet to be completed.

How to apply and upload documents

Follow the instructions at on how to apply and how to submit your supporting documents. Please do not send any documents directly to the department.

Dates and deadlines

January 15 – Last date to apply for Master programs for all applicants

Application period: October 16 - January 15

Application process

All applications must be sent through The number of students admitted to each of our programs is limited and admission is granted on a competitive basis. Candidates will be selected by an admission committee.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

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