Master’s Degree in Physical Geography and Spatial Planning

Degree Coordenator: Prof. António Lopes
Master’s level Coordinator: Professor Doutor Gonçalo Vieira

Physical Geography and Spatial Planning regulatory standards – Order n. 9596/2013. D.R. n. 139, Série II of 22/07/2013 .


Provide advanced training in the fields of Applied Physical Geography and Biophysical Spatial Planning via the deepening of knowledge pertinent to physical geography concepts, methods and techniques; remote sensing and GIS techniques and tools; methods of assessment and management as related to natural resources, and natural and environmental risks; spatial planning instruments of different scales; and the definition of spatial enhancement strategies within the frameworks of development.

Career opportunities

The degree provides two types of career opportunities: as researchers and as technical planning and spatial management technicians, both guided by scientific rigour and spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Employers in the field include public and private consulting agencies, strategic spatial planning institutions and research entities.

IGOT possesses a number of cooperation agreements with various public and private entities that provide professional internships.


The degree’s course curriculum allows students to choose between (i) a dissertation and research seminar and (ii) a professional internship and the elaboration of an internship report or project work report.

Specialised scientific and technical knowledge is provided through six seminars which aim to: examine the concepts, methods and specific techniques in key areas of Physical Geography (Climatology, Geomorphology, Hydrogeography, geoheritage) as applied to such varied environments as rural, urban, coastal and mountain; build capacities in the domains of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems seen as key instruments in the implementation of Physical Geography and Spatial Planning; develop knowledge pertinent to the main methodological and instrumental tools of Biophysical Planning; and enhance the integrated application of knowledge of Physical Geography as applicable to Spatial Planning, with its orientation being twofold: through the development of resources and the minimizing of risks .