Master Programme in Geomatics 60 cr

This postgraduate programme in geomatics is a one-year programme and requires an undergraduate programme in geomatics, or equivalent, as prerequisite for admission.

We, at the division of GIScience of University of Gävle, are one of the few best among all science and engineering subjects following the recent national higher education evaluation conducted by the Swedish higher education authority!

The past two decades have witnessed significant advances of geographic information technologies (GIT) involving GPS, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS), and increasing booming of their applications in geosciences and social sciences alike. The most tangible showcases of GIT familiar to the Nordic people are Eniro Kartor and, with which we can find places or planning a travel going from location A to B. Similar free services are provided by Google Maps and various others. These technologies have another name to refer to, so called geographic information services, i.e. the use of GIT and geographic information for serving the public in their daily lives and businesses.

The potential and prosperity of GIT have been tremendous. As noted by the US department of Labor, cited in Nature January 2004, GIT are “one of the three most important emerging research fields, along with biotechnology and nanotechnology”. The launch of Google Earth has further democratised GIT or GIS . Nowadays with a decent Internet connection PC, Google Earth enables ordinary people to play with terabytes of satellite imagery, aerial photos and GIS data, flying from space right down to street level, and easily pinpointing their individual houses. Underlying these technologies is the dynamically evolving discipline Geomatics (GeoInformatics or Geographic Information Science), which is the collective name for individual academic disciplines, for example: photogrammetry, geodesy, land surveying, cartography, GIT, and remote sensing. It should be noted that courses in these disciplines sometimes are identical with courses in for example geography and spatial planning.

The geomatics programme consists of one thesis project and nine taught courses: three at basic level and six at advanced level. The two courses given at basic level have two purposes. The first is to offer the opportunity for progression, and the students with slightly different knowledge in one of the disciplines in Geomatics are given the possibility to catch up at basic level at the beginning of the programme and afterwards continue at advanced level. The other purpose is to offer students the chance to broaden knowledge in one or other of the subject’s disciplines. The four remaining courses at advanced level mainly deal with advanced spatial analysis and research preparation for the thesis project that ends the studies. Within the field of geomatics there is the possibility for international exchange. Currently, University of Gävle (HiG) has exchanges in Geomatics with Università degli Studi di Cagliari in Italy, Thompson Rivers University in Canada, National Taipei University in Taiwan, Universidad de Extremadura and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain, Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, and Fachhochschule Mainz and Fachhochschule München, University of Münster, Universität Augsburg, and Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, Technical University of Ostrava, Palacky University Olomouc and Masaryk University (Brno) in Czech Republic, and Vienna University of Technology in Austria. Both courses and thesis work are appropriate for study abroad. In the same way the geomatics programme can accept exchange students from the above colleges. Note however, that participation in exchange may prolong your studies to some extent.

Prerequisites (language for international students only)
Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees in Geomatics or equivalent (e.g. geography or geology including GIS). Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B or equivalent to one of the following tests; IELTS : an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5 TOEFL (paper-based): Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575 TOEFL (internet-based): Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90

For International students
You apply to the programme online at The application period starts at December first and deadline is January 15, 2022. Applications received after this date can only be considered if there are vacancies. International students could apply for scholarships to cover up to 75% tuition fees.
For European and Swedish students
Apply through: or Link opens one month before the deadline, April 15, 2022.
Application code autumn 2022: HIG-17075

Dr. Nancy Joy Lim

Student counsellor:
Telephone: +46 26 64 89 46

New student:
Geomatics Program (HiG page)

Sample theses by previous students:
Wu J. (2015), Examining the new kind of beauty using the human being as a measuring instrument. [Link]
de Rijke C. A. (2020), An empirical study on measuring the degree of life in cities. [Link] (A paper developed out of this thesis)
Bin Jiang,
Nov 2, 2016, 10:17 AM
Bin Jiang,
July 22, 2017, 1:53 AM