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Masters in Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Planning

The use of Geographical Information Systems has been registering, over the last decade, a significant increase in spatial planning, which is materialized by the adoption of this technology in areas as diverse as: environment, transportation, water supplying and waste treatment, agriculture, civil protection, among many others.

One can say that the GIS are a transverse tool, whose employment has generalized to all activity sectors, where location, associated to mobility, are important factors of work rationalization and productivity gains. This course will develop specific competences to answer these new challenges.

Credited with 120 ECTS, the Masters is four semesters long.


  • the approval oin 1st and 2nd semester subjects provides a specialization diploma in Geographical Information Systems.
  • On the 3rd and 4th semesters, students can choose one of two areas:
    • One oriented for professionalization;
    • Another oriented for research.


Scientific Commission / Information


The aims of this course are grouped in four great parameters:

  • Disciplinary scientific education: to promote the deepening of knowledge in the cartography, geographical information systems; and in the scope of planning and spatial planning, to apply explicative models and diagnosis methodologies and to propose territorial intervention areas;
  • Multidisciplinary scientific education: to promote interdisciplinarity and transversality of knowledge;
  • Adaptation capacities: to train post-graduates to face and to solve new problems creatively, showing adaptation capacities to the fast changes in the current world;
  • Personal training: To improve time and resource management capacity;
  • To solidify the structuring of reason and thought, the identification and formalization capacity and to develop of a critical mind;
  • To improve oral and written communication, group work and intercultural and interpersonal relationship skills.


  • Degree approved under Art. 54 of the Teaching Career Statute (Decree-Law no. 15/2007, of 19/01), regulated by Ordinance no. 334/2008, of 30/04, for the group 420 (Geography). (Order of His Excellency the Secretary of State of Education, September 29th 2009)
  • Number of students: 30
  • Schedule: in order to suit potential students’ needs, classes will be focused preferentially on a post-employment period, namely Fridays, Saturdays and late afternoons.


Email (Master's Direction): msigot@letras.up.pt
Departamento de Geografia
Serviço de Gestão Académica: sga@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 9637
Director: António Alberto Teixeira Gomes
Acronym: MSIGOT
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master of Arts in Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Planning (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master's Course in Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Planning (60 ECTS credits)

Main Scientific Areas

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