The International Masters Program (Master of Science, M.Sc.) in Geospatial Technologies is a cooperation of:
- Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU ), Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi),
- Universitat Jaume I (UJI ), Castellón, Dept. Information Systems (Lenguajes y Sistemas Informaticos), Spain, and,
- Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL ), Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação (ISEGI ), Lisboa, Portugal.
The three-semester Master's program will enroll up to 32 students per year. Students will attend the first semester in Lisbon or Castellón, the second semester in Münster. The third semester (Master thesis) can be performed at each of the three partner universities.
-- The first semester offers different learning paths, addressing the previous know-how and requirements of the students. The courses at UJI focus on the provision of know-how in informatics, new media, and GI basics. UNL provides modules in mathematics, data modeling, and GI basics.
-- The second semester at the WWU provides basic and advanced courses in GIScience. In addition, courses in additional key competencies (project management, research methods) are provided. Optional for selected courses is the alternative attendance of a summer school, organized by WWU, UJI, or UNL
-- The Master thesis in the third semester is closely linked to ongoing research projects of one of the partners. Depending on the resources, students can choose each of the three universities for performing the thesis. In case of not attending a semester at each partner university, the thesis will be supervised or co-supervised by the university not attended so far.
The Masters Program will start each year in the fall/winter semester. All courses will be provided in the English language. The study program will start each year in the fall/winter semester. All courses will be provided in the English language.
The standard period of study is 3 semesters, including all examination requirements and Master thesis. The International Masters program requires 90 ECTS credit points. Based on the successful Master examination, the three universities will award the joint degree “Master of Science” (M.Sc.) with the adjunct “in Geospatial Technologies”.
The Master's program targets the qualification in many application areas of Geographic Information (GI), e.g., environmental planning, regional planning, logistics/traffic, marketing, energy provision, etc.. GI is a rapidly growing market, lacking qualified GI personnel and offering excellent career chances.
Therefore, the Masters Program targets life-long learning for graduates and professionals in the fields of geography, surveying, planning, local administration, etc., who are willing to acquire additional GI skills for applying them in their respective GI application area. Candidates who already studied GI programs will be given lower priority in admissions evaluation. Some of the major requirements for admission are:
- Adequate Bachelor degree (or Master degree)
- English language proof (TOEFL 500 points)
- High motivation
- High-level achievements in previous academic and professional careers.
The European Commission provides stipends for 15-20 students and 3 scholars per year. These stipends are for applicants from third countries (excluding the EU Member States or EEA-EFTA or candidate countries).
The Objectives of MSc in Geospatial Technologies
The Master examination forms a continuative career-qualifying degree of the program of study in Geospatial Technologies. Graduates of the International Masters Program apply and develop methods for computer-supported solutions for spatially related problems (global, regional, local). The Master examination proves if the candidate has acquired the necessary specialized knowledge and additional core competencies in order to start or precede a professional career in the public and private sector, or research.
In many fields, geospatial technologies became essential tools, e.g., geography, landscape planning, regional planning, ecology, transportation, marketing, and multimedia industry. However, in Germany, Spain, and Portugal, as well as in other European countries current study programs educating for these professional areas often lack an appropriate mediation of geospatial technologies contents. The International Masters Program provides a short-term program for gaining the required know-how. We observed the demand by recently graduated for improving their career chances, as well as by professional geographers, ecologists, etc., who are interrupting their professional careers for going back to the university (life-long learning).
“Geospatial Information Technologies“ have their roots primarily in three distinct areas: geosciences, computational technologies, and information science. The three partner sites represent centers of excellence in these areas, recognized at the European and global levels. The geoscientific foundations of Geoinformatics at Münster, the computer science and technology skills taught at Castellón, and the mathematical and statistical methodologies emphasized in Lisbon complement each other in an ideal way to provide a rounded, but compact education in this interdisciplinary technological field.
The deadline for students and scholars applying for Erasmus scholarships is January 15 of each year – notification about the results will be sent by early June.
For students NOT applying for Erasmus Mundus scholarships, the deadline is July 31 of each year. Notification about the results will be sent by email until August 15 - but we advise to submit applications earlier, so also the notifications can be sent earlier.
Applications have to be submitted in parallel, online AND paper-based on the same deadline date. Online submission will be closed on January 15 (for scholarship applicants) and July 31(for non-scholarship applicants) at 18.00 h CET (Central European Time). Paper-versions have to be sent by registered mail, post-stamped until the deadline and to be RECEIVED until January 22 (for scholarship applicants) and August 7 (for non-scholarship applicants) at latest!