Master’s Degree in Geographical Information Systems and Modelling applied to Spatial Planning

Degree coordinator: Professor Nuno Costa

Master’s level Coordinator: Professor Doutor Gonçalo Vieira


Masters in Geographical Information Systems and Modelling applied to Spatial Planning regulatory standards – Order n. 9597/2013. D.R. n. 139, Série II of 2013-07-22


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly becoming a part of the everyday lives of those whose occupation are linked to the study of territories and their relations with the mankind. With the emergence of geographic information technologies, the labour market in companies and institutions linked to this sector has grown proportionately, faster than the supply of technically skilled individuals public and private universities have been able to train. Because of this gap between supply and demand, a proliferation of different technical courses has been witnessed, many of which are low-skilled courses that do not provide sufficient theoretical and scientific know-how. These technical courses, however, have been responsible for training many of those who currently work in field of GIS.


To ensure advanced training in the field of Geographic Information Systems, in Research and Information Management, and in Spatial Analysis and Modulation in order to permit the understanding of theoretical concepts, the field of intelligence gathering, geo-information processing and data keeping, the use of various methods of integration and quantitative analysis of spatial data, and the interpretation of cartographic representations for assessing environmental conditions and as an application for spatial planning.

Career opportunities

Employers include public and private entities within the realm of Spatial Information Research, Geographic Information Systems and Cartography, as well as entities that work with digital geographic information in which GIS work processes are key, be it in an academic context (e.g. research centers) or in the business sector (consulting firms). In any of these contexts, it is common to witness Master’s students being integrated into multidisciplinary work teams and in projects of a varied nature, often with a focus on regional studies.


The curricular structure of the course allows two options: dissertation and research seminar; Internship and internship report. The master’s degree has an interdisciplinary matrix and emphasises an applied geography, whose scientific and technical knowledge is based on a set of acquired knowledge that results from IGOT’s extensive experience in territorial studies. Thus, the course includes in its curricular plan key areas of studies and the practice of Geography, such as Territorial Planning and Planning, Environment, Physical Geography and Human Geography, as well as the axis of urban studies and regional studies, Through the intensive but critical use of geographic information technologies. The acquisition and deepening of basic knowledge (concepts, databases, matrix and vector analysis, project design) are ensured by first semester seminars, focusing on the second semester on more specific subjects and methods More complex. There are also three optional seminars, which may be GIS or other IGOT masters.