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Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Planning

University of Porto

24 months
4000 EUR/year
1250 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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. The Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Planning programme of the University of Porto will develop specific competences to answer these new challenges.


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.


The aims of the Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Planning programme of the University of Porto 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Relational Databases
  • Geographical Data Collection and Processing
  • Cartography and Geographical Information Systems
  • Spatial Planning and Management Resources
  • Applied Remote Sensing in Spatial Planning
  • Spatial Analysis in Spatial Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a bachelors degree or legal equivalent in one of the areas specified by the school/faculty;
  • Hold a foreign higher education degree that is in accordance with the Bologna process or that may be recognised by the U.Porto as satisfying the requirements of a bachelors degree;
  • Have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that the U.Porto recognises as proof of ability to complete the course of study.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1250 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Porto

556 - 865 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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