Geographical Information Science

Change your perception of the world

Change your perception of the world

The UNIGIS programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the technical, geographical and organizational aspects of Geographical Information Science (GIS). It will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • use GIS to produce solutions for management issues and scientific challenges;
  • design and implement appropriate methods for capturing data;
  • design spatial analysis procedures within GIS;
  • design and use databases within GIS;
  • design map output suitable for a variety of media;
  • implement quality control procedures, and analyse a GIS project and understand the critical role of GIS within an organization.
The taught section of this Master’s programme is modular, consisting of eight modules and two workshops, all of which can be completed in two years part-time. At the end of your first year, you will be awarded a UNIGIS Certificate, while the second year culminates in a UNIGIS Diploma. You will then go on to tackle your MSc project and dissertation in the third year to obtain the title Master of Science. If your personal circumstances change or your studies are interrupted, you will have a maximum of five years to complete the programme.

The UNIGIS Master’s is a part-time programme worth 60 ECTS credits (the equivalent of one year’s full-time study). UNIGIS has four specialization paths, each with its own core modules and elective modules. These cover fascinating areas such as Visualization and Spatial Thinking, Digital Image Analysis, European Aspects of Geographical Information and Internet GIS.

Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) is one of the fastest expanding areas in information technology. Increasingly, it is being seen as an essential tool in many areas of government and business. Offered under the auspices of UNIGIS, a network of universities cooperating in the design and delivery of distance learning in GIS, the Master’s programme in Geographical Information Science at VU Amsterdam enables professionals and students to acquire new knowledge and skills in the field.

GIS is a flexible, modular programme. It is divided into a basic component comprising four core modules and a specialization involving four elective modules, enabling you to tailor the programme to meet your specific needs. After completing the four specialization modules, you will also begin work on your Master’s research project. The four core modules are:

  • Advanced GIS;
  • Database Theory;
  • GeoData Sources.;
  • Research Methods.


The programme is officially registered under the name Geographical Information Sciences (crohocode 75040) and has been successfully re-accredited in 2012.

The employment market for GIS graduates is very healthy. They find work in the private sector (48%) and in government bodies (47%). Of the latter, one third work at national level – in rural planning, government ministries and water management – another third at provincial level and the remainder for local authorities. Many students have won promotion, career advancement or new jobs while on the programme or after completing their studies. They find that studying GIS opens up new horizons within their existing employment and beyond. We sometimes call on the extensive professional experience of past students to demonstrate practical applications of GIS at extracurricular events. Meanwhile, the research group responsible for the GIS programme, SPINlab (Spatial Information Laboratory), is always open to good PhD proposals. 
• GIS. If you want to take a broad, balanced programme of study, this is the path for you. You will hoose from a wide range of optional subjects to design your own
programme.

• GIScience. This specialization will suit you if you are aiming to build a career in the technical and scientific realm of GIS. It will provide you with extensive experience of using software and developing
applications.

• GIS and Management. If you are a manager with responsibility for GI projects or a student aiming for
a career in GI management, this specialization is designed with you in mind.

• GIS and the Environment. If you wish to specialize in the environmental applications of GI systems,
this is the route for you.
GIS is used everywhere
Geographical Information Science (GIS) is one of the fastest expanding areas in information technology. It is increasingly seen as an essential tool in many areas of government and business.

UNIGIS, an international study network
UNIGIS is the largest and best-established network of universities cooperating in the design and delivery of distance-learning GIS programmes across the globe. Over 500 students enrol in our programmes every year. The Master’s in Geographical Information Science at VU Amsterdam is one such programme, enabling professionals and students to acquire new knowledge and skills in this fascinating field. VU Amsterdam is a founding member of UNIGIS, together with three UK universities Huddersfield, Manchester Metropolitan and Salford) and the University of Salzburg. The network currently spans 15 universities in 12 countries worldwide and is continuing to expand.

Part-time distance-learning
If you are a professional, this programme enables you to study with UNIGIS online for 8 to 10 hours per week, to apply newly acquired skills within your existing organization, and to increase your job mobility. Even our non-professional students appreciate the flexibility that UNIGIS offers, enabling you to plan your studies in your own time, taking account of your work and personal obligations. You will come to the university once a year for the June workshops to receive training, attend lectures and meet your fellow students.

Overview Geographical Information Science

Language of instruction

English

Duration

3 years part-time

Application deadline

1 month before the start date for all applicants

Start date

1 February and 1 September

Study type

Part-time

Specializations

GIS/GIScience/GIS and Management/GIS and the Environment

Admission requirements

TOEFL 580/237/92-93 or IELTS 6.5

Field of Interest

Economics, Business and Law/Natural Sciences

Dutch students

Next to the Master programme, UNIGIS also offers academic postgraduate programmes on Master level. Courses start in Febuary and September of each year. The maximum number of students per intake is 20.
The same entry requirements apply to all three programmes: Students need to have obtained an academic bachelor level through previous education, including a GIS-component, in order to enter the course.

The UNIGIS Master’s in Geographical Information Science is taught and assessed in English, so it is essential that you possess the necessary language skills.

See the section on Admission & Application on the UNIGIS-website for more information.

VU University Amsterdam
FEWEB-RE
UNIGIS Office
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T. +31 (0)20-59 86099
E. info@unigis.nl

International students

Next to the Master programme, UNIGIS also offers academic postgraduate programmes on Master level. Courses start in Febuary and September of each year. The maximum number of students per intake is 20.
The same entry requirements apply to all three programmes: Students need to have obtained an academic bachelor level through previous education, including a GIS-component, in order to enter the course.

The UNIGIS Master’s in Geographical Information Science is taught and assessed in English, so it is essential that you possess the necessary language skills.

See the section on Admission & Application on the UNIGIS-website for more information.

VU University Amsterdam
FEWEB-RE
UNIGIS Office
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T. +31 (0)20-59 86099
E. info@unigis.nl