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Boost your career and make your data work for you

Geographical Information Sciences (UNIGIS)

Boost your career and take control of your data

Data doesn’t only exist in databases. Satellites, social media and IoT sensors make it possible to collect data – including essential spatial information – from multiple sources. But it is only when these data are assembled into a clear, understandable map that swift analysis and usable insights become possible.

How can solar panels ideally be placed, given the angle and orientation of rooftops in a certain neighborhood? How do you ensure accessibility to public spaces during a global pandemic in which people need to maintain 1.5-metre distance from each other? And how can you track the spread of the virus in a community or country? What impact do a brick-and-mortar store’s location and resident demographics have on online shopping habits? What areas of a region are most prone to flooding, or most suitable for agriculture or development?

These are only a few of the many questions that GIS can help you answer. The programme will enrich your career and offer you new opportunities for growth and success.

During the programme, you will not only learn how to build complex, multi-dimensional maps based on data, but also how to analyse the information these maps provide and use it to make effective decisions. You’ll work independently, yet with the support of a small group of fellow professionals and a dedicated staff with extensive GIS experience. The staff will closely monitor your progress and help you overcome any challenges.

You will be able to apply what you’ve learned to your current professional role. By learning Big Data management strategies and sustainable, secure, stored data solutions, you will develop into a reflective practitioner, instead of just a number-cruncher. You will, therefore, become an insightful professional with a helicopter view of your area of focus, able to analyse, predict and contribute to development.

Year 1 - Foundation

The first year (20EC) of your part-time, online Master’s programme begins with four required core modules.
These modules will give you a thorough grounding in relevant GIS concepts, methods and tools, and a view into the most recent developments in the field.

You will receive foundational training in the different elements of GIS.
• Geovisualisation
• Geoprocessing
• Geodatabases
• Geodata capture, standards and quality

The year ends with a workshop in which you will apply and integrate what you’ve learned to solve a contemporary and relevant case for a client organisation.

If you wish, you may conclude your GIS study at the end of this year and will be awarded a certificate of completion for the courses.

Year 2 - Advanced

Year 2 (20 EC) is when you can tailor your GIS degree to suit your specific interests or professional goals. Choose from several electives related to specific techniques or areas of application.

Your second year is all about innovation and revolution. You’ll use both conventional and brand-new GIS concepts to complete hands-on work on both the front end and the back end. From scripting, web viewer configuration and remote sensors to evaluating how your analysis and visualizations have impacted your business or organisation. In short, Year 2 is when the rubber hits the road.

The year ends with a Capstone project in which you will either professionally reflect on a new GIS trend, or develop a research proposal for your thesis.

If you wish, you can conclude your GIS study at the end of this year, and receive a diploma in GIS for completing this level of study.

Year 3 - MSc degree

In your third year (20 EC), you will focus entirely on your Master’s (MSc) thesis. In it, you will apply what you have learned and make your own contribution to the development or application of GIS in your field of work.

MSc degree
If you successfully complete all three years of this part-time programme, you will receive your Master’s in Geographical Information Sciences from VU Amsterdam, a highly respected European research institution.

UNIGIS Master’s

Are you interested in enhancing your current and future roles by making your data work for you? Do you want to get more out of the data that are so essential to your decision-making process?
This fully online, three-year, part-time Master’s programme is ideally suited for busy professionals interested in taking their careers to the next level. Two professionals tell you why they chose for this study.

Change your future with the Geographical Information Sciences programme

Change your future with the Geographical Information Sciences programme

After completing this Master’s programme, you will have skills and tools that are applicable across a wide range of in-demand positions. You can immediately put them into practice in your day-to-day professional work.

Whether you are a Market Analyst for a retail chain, an urban or rural City Planner, a Data Manager for an NGO or a Consultant for local or national agriculture legislators, the GIS knowledge and skills you acquire in this Master’s programme will help you analyse data and create physical, tangible maps to tell your story clearly and convincingly. You will make more informed decisions, based on better data. You will, therefore, become an invaluable member of your project team.

From sustainability to crowd control, from global pandemics to food security. From market domination to land preservation and from health crises to financial opportunities: knowing how location data impacts the crucial decisions we make is the key to unlocking the potential for a better future.

Explore your future prospects
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics Executive Education
De Boelelaan 1105