MSc in GIS and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management

Lund University

Program Description

MSc in GIS and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management

Lund University

*Note! This is a European joint Master's programme (previously Erasmus Mundus)

Programme overview

Geo-information science and earth observation for environmental modelling and management is essential for development issues all round the world. Spatial data, such as maps and global databases, as well as satellite imagery play a central role in the search for reliable environmental information for scenario studies and viable policies. Knowledge and skills in this field will therefore continue to be crucial for industry, government and NGOs.

The programme has a duration of 22 months and is taught by world class faculties in five countries: Iceland, the UK, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. While spending time in at least two of the five countries and studying in a multicultural environment, students will gain valuable insights into the academic, social and cultural diversity of Northern and Central Europe. On graduation they will receive a multiple MSc degree from the consortium universities

There is a great demand for GEM graduates in the international arena. A large number of the GEM graduates are accepted in PhD degree programmes. The programme has been running successfully for 8 years and more than 120 students have graduated.

Programme modules/courses

The programme is divided into one foundation year (60 ECTS) and one year of specialisation (60 ECTS). During the first year, the students have common foundation studies in geo-information and earth observation, as well as statistics, presentation as well as research skills, and systems analysis related to environmental modelling and management.

The second year students can specialise on e.g. EU Policy and Environment, Environmental Modelling of Oceans and Land, Environmental Change at Northern Latitudes, Biodiversity, Carbon Modelling, Food Security, Geoinformatics, Modelling of Greenhouse Gases and WEB solutions for Environmental Modelling. A course calendar with course structure and modules is available on the website,

Career prospects

Geo-information technology and, in particular, remote sensing, plays a central role in the search for clear analyses to provide the required information for formula- tion of viable policies. Skills in this field will therefore continue to be much in demand in industry, government and NGOs.

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Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Ranking 2016/2017, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

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

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Last updated October 13, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Lund
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