The 2-year master’s programme in Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society prepares highly qualified specialists in handling and analysing spatial data for a better understanding of the global environmental and urban processes, and developing decision support systems for public, private, and non-governmental sector.
In the global information society, governance increasingly relies on sensors, BIG data, analysis, and fast decision-making. The society needs experts who can handle the tools of geoinformatics for understanding and finding solutions to complex environmental and urban challenges related to climate and environmental change, growing social inequality and increased spatial mobility. The master’s programme focuses on building interdisciplinary competence by combining geography and IT. Special emphasis is put on problem-driven approach and development of practical skills of students.
After graduation, young professionals can find employment in public, private, or non-governmental sector as spatial data manager, spatial analyst, GIS consultant, urban and regional planner. There are numerous further employment options in international organizations dealing with global processes, national, regional and local administrative offices responsible for environmental, urban, regional development and policy. Motivated students can continue their studies on doctoral level and pursue an academic career.
The tuition fee is 5,000 euros per year and it covers tuition and some study materials. Altogether 15 students will be admitted to this programme. Based on the admission’s ranking list, 8 best applicants will be given the tuition waiver. There is 1 tuition waiver available for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants and 7 tuition waivers for applicants with other citizenships. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition waiver separately, as they will be considered for the competition automatically.
Students receiving the tuition waiver do not have to pay the tuition fee if they meet full time enrollment requirements. Full time study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students receiving the tuition waiver fail to complete full-time study load per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned. The price per credit point is 65 euros.
NB! Applicants who receive a fee-based study place offer and are not citizens of the member states of the EU, EEA or Switzerland and do not hold a long-term residence permit in any of these countries are required to pay half of the semester fee after they have been informed of the admission decision (offer) via DreamApply. The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received this payment. The second half of the semester fee is to be paid after the studies have started, by 20 September.
Information on when a tuition waiver holder starts paying tuition fee and instructions for fee paying students are given here.
Please find information on other scholarships here.
Modern life relies increasingly on BIG data and digital work processes – geoinformatics helps to manage and analyse historical and real-time spatial data in order to support decision-making and policy development.
Successful completion of the master’s programme ‘Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society’ enables employment in all sectors as a spatial data manager, spatial analyst, or GIS consultant for planning and regional policy. The alumni of the Geography master’s programmes with GIS specialisation are working in several local, state, and EU institutions, consultancy companies for planning and environmental management, or in companies that provide location-based analyses and IT-services, or cartographical solutions.
The following list of domestic and international companies and institutions shows where many of our alumni with GIS specialisation have found employment:
Regio, ReachU, Positium LBS, CGI, TerraPro, Navionics, Affecto, Telia, Hendrikson&Ko, Estonian Land Board, Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board, Environmental Board, Environmental Agency, Estonian Defence Forces, Estonian Weather Service, Met Office, Tartu Observatory, Tartu City Government, Tallinn City Government, ESPON.
"As a student in human geography and environmental sciences in Tartu University, I extended my studies to the field of geoinformatics. Today I work with spatial plans and databases that support planning in the whole Europe. In the contemporary world, spatial planning simply relies on data and information systems."
Martin Gauk (alumnus 2010 from Estonia), Data, Toolbox and IT Expert in European planning cooperation programme ESPON
EGEA – European Geography Association for students and young geographers – unites the students of geography and geoinformatics. The active local club EGEA-Tartu organises various events and provides possibilities to participate at international conferences and seminars. By being an EGEA volunteer, the students are encouraged to participate at conferences organised by the Department of Geography, e.g. at the Mobile Tartu three-days event where the international community of location-based studies gathers. There are plenty of other professional seminars and conferences held in Tartu or in Tallinn where our students are participating, e.g. at the GIS Day and annual conference organised by Estonian Geoinformatics Society (ESTGIS).
“The University of Tartu is one of the best universities in the Baltics. Estonia is well-known as a pioneer in the field of information technologies and smart solutions. This makes UT a perfect place to obtain master's degree in ‘Geoinformatics for Urbanised society’. It is a comprehensive programme that opens good career prospect by providing you theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and allowing you to specialise in various geoinformatics-related fields. You will get the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in numerous practical labs and in an internship. And last, but not the least – it brings together wonderful people with different cultural and professional backgrounds and allows to exchange experiences and to grow together professionally.”
“The decision to pursue the master’s programme ‘Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society’ in the No 1 university of Estonia is not a regrettable one. It has been specially tailored to produce professionals who will meet the demands of the industry today. The multifaceted nature of the program coupled with its interdisciplinary format is why I personally recommend this programme to anyone seeking further studies in the field of geoinformatics. By the end of the studies, you will be a GIS professional with additional understanding of social and environmental processes needed for solving the pressing issues of today’s and tomorrow’s world. Tartu is a beautiful place to live and study in, and the Department of Geography of UT feels like home. This is why I am here!”
"My decision to study Geoinformatics at the University of Tartu has been well worth it. The GeoInformatics for Urbanised Society program gives an in-depth and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world around us and the University of Tartu provides several opportunities for professional growth through organizations such as International Student Ambassadors, opportunity to student abroad, and opportunity to attend professional conferences. Overall, the knowledge gained from the comprehensive curriculum and skills developed from learning in an international program prepares you to be a competitive GIS professional in the global job market."
Our fresh graduate Ivan Vasilyev shares his experiences about studying in our MSc programme in Tartu.
Read the story of Tatiana Surdu (Moldova) of becoming a student in geoinformatics at the University of Tartu.
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