MSc in Spatial Information Management


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Program Description

Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management and many more

Ever since GPS, mobile phones and the Internet have become an integral and necessary part of everyday life, the role of geographic information systems (GIS) can no longer be disputed. An abundance of desktop, Web and mobile applications are processing Geodata and Geoinformation, hence enabling a wide variety of applications. Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management, crime analysis, geodata collection or demographics are just a few examples of the critical role spatial information plays in our lives.

GIS experts are in higher demand than ever before

The Master's degree program "Spatial Information Management” (SIM) focuses on a range of specialized areas within geoinformatics, namely, natural hazards and risk management, site potential analysis, infrastructure planning, water resources management or traffic simulation and modeling. This program helps to make learners “spatially aware” and further develop the expertise required to compete in the international job market. Needless to say, GIS experts are in higher demand than ever before. Through project- and problem-oriented learning, students apply the theory of GIS and the skills learned from working with GI technologies to practical applications.


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The Master's degree program “Spatial Information Management” is a two-year graduate program that qualifies students for a wide variety of careers in various areas of GIS. Graduates of “Spatial Information Management” provide fast, up-to-date and accurate integration, analysis, simulation and visualization of the relevant spatial situation to stakeholders and decision-makers.

The SIM faculty has built an extensive network to the GIS professionals’ community and connects its students to high profile institutions of research, development, and academics. With applied research for solving real-life problems as the core of effective education, it follows that most of the thesis projects are conducted in cooperation with partners in public administration, academia, and the private sector. Students can pursue their interests by choosing one of the three areas of specialization: Environmental Monitoring & Security Management, Geoinformatics, or Spatial Technology Management. SIM keeps up-to-date with developments in GIScience and relevant fields by, for example, inviting distinguished scholars and young researchers to the “GI Research Colloquium” where talks are given on hot topics ranging from dealing with big data or geovisual analytics to open source software solutions or sensors on drones.

Qualification requirements

Engineering & IT is an unbelievably fascinating field of applied sciences. This area is characterized mainly by creativity, innovation, and design. Engineering & IT is also a rapidly developing area, crucial for the economic development of a region.

The students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • Technical understanding.
  • Reasoning power.
  • Good English, mathematics and computer skills.
  • Creativity.
  • Enthusiasm for innovation.

Key learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master Degree Program Spatial Information Management are able to:

  • Analyze independently, as a GI application specialist, a space-related problem and solve specific issues with the use of existing geo-data and methods.
  • Integrate digital geographic data technically correctly in administrative and business processes.
  • Model conceptually and formally.
  • Manage the selection, integration, and application of state-of-the-art technologies.
  • Calculate and manage independently GI projects.
  • Apply interdisciplinary approaches in the international and domestic environment.

Job & career

The development of spatial scenarios opens a whole new world of professional opportunities. Highly qualified experts with the knowledge and skills we train in are in high demand and are needed to help find solutions for the challenges of our times. Such challenges include the increasing threat caused by terrorism, the shortage of natural resources, traffic congestion or the monitoring of the health for the elderly. For these reasons, our graduates have excellent and exciting international career opportunities – within a broad spectrum of application fields such as:

  • Natural Hazard Management
  • Utilities Planning and Optimization of Electric, Energy and Telecom Networks
  • Water-Supply and Water-Information Management
  • Traffic Simulation and Modeling
  • Regional and Local Planning
  • Location-Based Services
  • Public Participation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Security and Intelligence Services
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Sales and Technology Marketing
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Since its inception, the FH Kärnten has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of the University of Applied Science ... Read More

Since its inception, the FH Kärnten has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia and intensive cooperation with industry and science, FH students are sure to have a future-oriented education on the pulse of the time. Read less
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