This fully online, three-year, part-time Master’s is ideally suited for busy professionals interested in taking their careers to the next level.
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 useable insights become possible.
Whether you need to track specific behaviours or events or create entire ‘digital twins’ of a region, the UNIGIS Master’s gives you all the skills you need to turn data into decisions.
How can solar panels ideally be placed, given the angle and orientation of rooftops in a certain neighbourhood? 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.
As part of the global UNIGIS network, the GIS Master’s at VU Amsterdam is one of only two of its kind in all of Europe. Our membership in UNIGIS International offers you the opportunity to take online courses from other UNIGIS universities.
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.
The start date of this programme is September 1st.