PostGraduate in Geographic Information Systems and Science

Education objectives

Developed in partnership with UNIGIS, the postgraduate program in Geographic Information Systems and Science provides a broad training in theoretical and practical fields related to geographic systems analysis, in e-learning or b-learning formats. Recently it obtained the GEOINT (Geospatial Intelligence) accreditation by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and was the first program outside the US to be accredited by this organization.

Designed to meet businesses, and public and private organizations’ needs, the study program provides the needed framework to acknowledge technical, scientific and organizational aspects of GIS applications, to settle analysis techniques related to the conception and the implementation of GIS projects, and to assure the needed qualifications for a scientific career in Geographical Science and Information Systems. 

The goal of this program is to train technical staff and managers to:

- Develop appropriate strategies, methodologies, and tools of geographic information management, for the analysis of questions raised when using this type of information;

- Model, monitor, and simulate geographic, demographic, and environmental phenomena in diverse analysis contexts;

- Use methodologies and tools of exploration and analysis, to reduce the levels of uncertainty related to the resolution of problems of a geographical nature; 

- Design and develop information systems and technologies that meet the needs of geographic information in organizations. 

Applications - academic year 2018-2019
To complete the application, the applicant must register in NOVA IMS' Applications Portal, fill the form, upload their Curriculum Vitae, pay the application fee (€ 51), and submit the application in the end, until August 3rd, 2018. The selection process is based on the analysis of the applicant's academic and professional curriculum.

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Access to other programs

This postgraduate program gives access to the Master degree program in Geographic Information Systems and Science, upon the development and presentation of a scholarly thesis, work project and an internship, to be held during a 3rd semester.

Under the UNIGIS International network, the students who earn the master degree program in Geographical Science and Information Systems (95 ECTS) can earn the diploma in European Master’s in GI Science, Project 29320-IC-3-98-1-AT-ERASMUS-CDA-1 (Certification EuroMasterGI), and complement their diploma by:

  • Getting a minimum of 12 ECTS, conducted in a foreign language; 
  • Completing the course unit “EuroGIS” (6 ECTS) in Universität Salzburg;
  • Developing a scholarly thesis, work project or an internship, in English;
  • Having an international learning experience (Summer School International UNIGIS), with a minimum of 2 ECTS. This has to be made through a classroom course.

Note: the student can be accepted in other Summer School, as long it is related to the course and the application is approved by the master’s course coordinator.


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Degree pre-requisites

To earn the postgraduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems and Science, the students must complete 7,5 ECTS corresponding to the mandatory course unit Geographic Information Systems and Science, and 52,5 ECTS corresponding to the elective course units.

NOVA IMS plays an active role in several international educational networks including eduGI.LA2 and eduGI.NET. Under these agreements two course units (optional) are offered:

  • GI Standards - Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany;
  • Geographic Data Bases (Advanced) - University of New Brunswick, Canada.

The attendance of these courses is subject to confirmation in the beginning of the school year and requires the inclusion of, at least, 5 students.



Conditions of admittance

The requirements for applications are:

Holding an bachelor's degree or equivalent in a compatible field;

Holding higher education level conferred on the 1st cycle of studies (bachelor's degree) under the Bologna legislation, by an adherent European country.

Holding a foreign academic degree, approved by the Scientific Council of NOVA IMS, for achieving undergraduates' goals;

Holding a relevant academic, professional and scientific curriculum, approved by the Scientific Council of NOVA IMS, for being able to conduct this study program.

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