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The Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society master's programme at the University of Tartu aims to prepare highly qualified specialists for handling and analysing spatial data for the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. 

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*This programme profile is financed by Dora Plus Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia (European Regional Development Fund).

The 2-year master's programme in Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society prepares highly qualified specialists in handling and analysing spatial data to better understand the global environmental and urban processes and develop decision support systems for public, private, and non-governmental sectors.

Governance increasingly relies on sensors, BIG data, analysis, and fast decision-making in the global information society. Society needs experts who can handle geoinformatics tools to understand and find 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. Particular emphasis is put on the problem-driven approach and development of students' practical skills.

Why study Geoinformatics for Urbanised Society at the University of Tartu ?

  • The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's universities (300th position in the QS World University Rankings 2022).
  • The University of Tartu is ranked in the top 200 universities globally in geography.
  • Learn geography and IT in the age of big data and use it to analyse environmental and social processes for interdisciplinary decision-making.
  • After graduation, you can work as a spatial data manager, spatial analyst, GIS consultant, urban and regional planner or pursue an academic career.
  • Take part in different GIS-related events, summer schools and conferences such as Mobile Tartu and The Baltic Geospatial Information Technology Conference.

Career opportunities

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 work in several local, state, and EU institutions, consultancy companies for planning and environmental management, or companies that provide location-based analyses and IT services or cartographical solutions.


University of Tartu Institutional Accreditation 2015-2022: The Quality Assessment Council for Higher Education of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education decided to accredit the University of Tartu for seven years.

The next accreditation will be conducted in 2022.

Programme Structure

The two-year master's programme consists of four equal cycles:

  • intensive and practical studio format (30 ECTS)
  • specialisation courses and work placement (30 ECTS)
  • elective and optional courses (30 ECTS)
  • master's thesis (30 ECTS)

Examples of courses: 

  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Demography, Global Migration and Contemporary Cities
  • Planning Project
  • Geography, Communication and Spatial Mobility
  • Energy Flows and Material Cycles
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Spatial Data Studio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July)
  • Prerequisite courses: at least 30 ECTS (one semester) completed in the previous level of studies either in geography, geoinformatics, information technology, environmental technology, planning, geology, ecology, biology, environmental physics, economy, sociology, or government and politics.      
  • English language proficiency 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 5000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Tuition waivers are available.

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