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4th Edition
60 ECTS (372 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 16/10/2023
Classes end: 19/06/2024
Programme ends : 04/04/2025
Monday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
Why this master's degree of continuing education?
The emergence of new information and communication technologies has led to the development of new applications and new ways of understanding and managing our environment, with a major boost for everything related to location, mobility, thematic mapping, massive data management (or Big Data) etc. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology can be used to manage resources and infrastructures (electrical networks, roads, etc.), and in marketing, archaeology, logistics, real estate asset management, facilities, environmental impact assessments and urban planning, civil protection and market analysis, to give just a few examples.

Over the past few years, the concept of smart cities has become more consolidated, and the application of GIS technologies in smart cities has helped improve the efficiency of municipal and territorial services. Today, both governments and the public can easily access geospatial data and thanks to GIS, find out how to reach their destination quickly, and at the same time reuse that data to provide traffic information for a wider audience, opening up a world of possibilities in the development of apps based on geolocation. Along with the realization of smart cities, new paradigms of govern ability and transparency are leading to the increasingly important growth of a wide range of open data, many of which are of high quality and potentially geo referenced, which it is necessary to understand and be able to operate.

Today, many techniques and services enable custom maps to be produced quickly and easily via the web. Knowledge of access to data sources in Open Data standards or in Spatial Data Infrastructures, visualization techniques and the various opportunities provided by new platforms for publishing maps should enable both expert and non-expert users to be able to produce dynamic and impressive maps.

The programme provides a robust training, skills for technical competence, technological and operational knowledge of current systems, practical skills, and experiences that enable development of the necessary skills for a professional career in the GIS field.

Some professional sectors (in both the public and private sector) which use GIS technologies are: local government, local mapping and GIS services, service companies, land registers, environmental consultancies, architects' and lawyers' offices, urban planning departments, market research companies, management of natural areas, marketing companies, real estate agencies, public transport, companies specializing in tourism management, transport fleet management, public works, network planning, engineering, in the field of precision
Promoted by:
  • To acquire practical skills in the use of current technological tools.
  • To be able to undertake spatial analysis of the territory.
  • To acquire knowledge for the design, customization and implementation of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • To be able to interpret spatial information to make decisions.
  • To provide solutions to any kind of problems: planning, territorial management, environment ...
Who is it for?
In theory, any professional wishing to work with data with a geospatial component is qualified to take the master's degree, and as such its students can come very diverse and numerous fields.

  • Graduates from social sciences degree courses fields such as economics, geography, politics, journalism, social sciences, archaeology, etc.
  • Graduates from scientific and technological degree courses such as physical and environmental sciences, biology, geology, topography, geodesy, etc.
  • Architects and technical engineers.
  • Civil engineers and public works technical engineers.
  • Industrial engineers from various specialist fields.
  • Telecommunications and computer engineers and their technical specialist fields.
  • Professionals specializing in cooperation and development.
  • Professionals in the health, agriculture, tourism, business, etc. sectors.
  • Specialist in regional management and administration in the public or private sector.
  • Business managers, strategy managers and entrepreneurs wishing to explore new business opportunities in this field.

Training Content

List of subjects
2 ECTS 14h
Data Origin and Sources: Digital mapping
  • Introduction to geographic information systems.
  • Introduction to mapping, coordinate systems, reference systems and data formats.
  • Review and adaptation of mapping from CAD.
9 ECTS 63h
Geospatial Data Analysis in an Information System: Current tools and Emerging Technologies
  • The ArcGIS model. Visualization of maps.
  • Interpreting data using symbology.
  • Presenting results: layouts, graphics and reports.
  • Analysis with ArcMap.
  • Structuring information - geodatabases.
  • Qgis: visualization, analysis and exploitation of graphic data.
  • Emerging technologies open data, social maps...
  • Smart city and open data in the local world
5 ECTS 35h
Introduction to GIS Programming in the Web Environment
  • General concepts for programming and databases.
  • Hello World! Your first web page: HTML and CSS language.
  • Variables and constraints: basic operations in JavaScript.
  • Loops and Arrays: how to cover elements.
  • How to insert a Google Maps object.
  • Semantic HTML: what each element means. Searches by address or position. Hello jQuery.
  • Advanced CSS: generalisation of elements. Markers and maps.
  • How are external elements integrated?
8 ECTS 54h
Maps and Open Data: WEB-GIS Programming
  • Introduction to geoservices: tools and concepts for creating and consuming geoservices.
    • Map servers.
    • The Pseudo-Mercator reference system.
    • Data pyramids.
    • Vector tiles.
  • Introduction to Leaflet and Cesium 3D JS.
    • APIO reference and practical examples.
    • Leaflet basic map.
    • Leaflet Plugins.
    • Cesium basic map.
  • GitHub and Medium platforms.
    • Code and content planning.
    • GitHub Pages: publishing maps on GitHub.
    • Medium - how to raise the profile and increase the visibility of your maps.
  • Custom maps with MapBox Studio and Maputnik.
    • Potential of vector tiles.
    • Vector styles.
    • My personalised global base.
  • Maps with MapBox GL JS (Y).
    • Example of a basic map.
    • Example of a map with custom styles.
    • Example of a data-driven map with thousands of points.
  • Maps with MapBox GL JS (II).
    • Example of a map with advanced expressions.
    • Example of a 2.5 D map.
    • MapBox plug-ins.
  • Algorithms for predicting Javascript phenomena.
    • Machine Learning and maps.
    • Discrete meshes and linear regression.
    • Predicting accidents.
  • Kepler GL.
    • Visualisation of striking maps.
    • Three-variable maps.
    • Hexabin meshes.
  • Cordova/Phonegap.
    • What is Cordova? What is the difference between Cordova and Phonegap?
    • Creation and management of an application with Cordova.
    • Modular programming with RequireJS.
  • Introduction to MVC architecture (Model/View/Controller).
    • MVC - how to structure applications to facilitate their maintenance and extensibility.
    • Working with events. Synchronisation between views and data models.
5 ECTS 35h
Strategic Land Studies
  • Definition of strategic territorial analysis vectors.
  • Application workshop: for implementing areas of activity in ArcGis.
  • Concepts and tools for Land Planning and Management.
  • Case studies: analysis and proposal vs planning and monitoring.
  • Content and exploitation of data from the l'Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, Mapa Urbanístic de Catalunya databases and other open data, such as the Government of Catalonia's data.
  • Introduction to data manipulation and spatial analysis with the Python and R languages, with their open source libraries.
4 ECTS 28h
Advanced Analytical Systems: Aggregations, Geopositioning and Routing
  • Introduction to GeoMeddia technology.
  • Implementation of a GIS project, for the territorial study.
  • Application workshop: connections, visualizations, filters, creation and editing of capes, usual spatial analysis functionalities in a GIS and advanced analytical functionalities (functional attributes, geostatistical aggregations).
  • Linear spatial analysis with the Transportation extension: dynamic segmentation and routing (calculation of minimum roads, accessibility isochrons).
8 ECTS 49h
Local GIS: Smart Management
  • Introduction to Smart Cities.
  • Experiences and case studies.
  • Definition, bases, descriptors and parameters of the city.
  • Application workshop: Calculating urban fabric indicators in ArcGis.
  • Advanced experiences in local management:
    • The GIST - the engine for transparency, resilience and the Smart City.
    • Projects and new initiatives linked to open data.
  • Application workshop: Preparing databases for urban analysis in the GIS in a local tool in ArcGis.
    • Processing land registry data, planning and other open data sources.
    • Representing results on 3D maps and volumes.
2 ECTS 14h
Geomarketing and Geolocation Strategies
  • Introduction to using GIS tools in Geolocation and Geomarketing in GeoMedia.
  • Application workshop: geolocation and mobility analysis and strategies.
3.5 ECTS 25h
GIS Data and Environmental Indicators
  • Basic concepts of environmental areas and vectors, and their associated mapping.
  • Appropriate knowledge of the technical development of the Catalan Ministry of the Environment in the management of natural spaces.
  • Extensive knowledge of the experience and practical cases of environmental GIS application.
  • Creation, organisation, management and exploitation of information of natural areas with GIS tools.
3.5 ECTS 25h
Environmental Impact Studies and Management of Natural Areas
  • Appropriate knowledge of databases for the analysis and management of natural and environmental resources.
  • Carry out processes of capture, integration and treatment of environmental information from open network computer media.
  • Produce environmental impact studies, vulnerability maps and other environmental analyses with GIS tools.
  • Technical ability to create, organise and generate new environmental information using the GIS tool.
  • Preparation of studies of local action and Agenda 21 plans for monitoring urban transformations.
10 ECTS 30h
GIS master's degree dissertation
Project or research study based on the knowledge acquired on the master's degree course. There are two possible types of projects, which will be submitted by the person concerned:

  • A research study or various experiences that have entailed the application of innovative instruments and unusual solutions.
  • A research study that makes an unprecedented contribution to knowledge and current experience from the perspective of a theoretical, overall or partial situations of the current framework.
The structure of the project will be as follows: first phase: presentation of the topic and second phase: final submission and presentation before a tribunal.

Some of the dissertations presented in previous editions of the master's degree course are available at:

Lifelong learning master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).
Range of modules
The master's degree of continuing education programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree of continuing education you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree of continuing education:
relation Postgraduate courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Advanced asynchronous communication
Systems that enable smooth and clear communication in any situation (video chats, forums, recorded lectures, etc.).
Streaming sessions
Synchronous online interactive open sessions will be planned. Professors attend these sessions and students pose questions and address their concerns. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled in calendar.
Assessment criteria
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this master's degree of continuing education will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • Biere Arenas, Rolando Mauricio
    View profile in futur.upc / View profile in Linkedin
    Architect by the University of Valparaíso (Chile), Master in Urban Management by the FPC-UPC and Master in Management and Urban Assessment by the UPC. Professor of the Department of Technology in Architecture of the UPCCourse coordinator of the training programs organized by the Center for Land Policy and Valuations (CPSV), in which he also works as a researcher. Invited professor in the themes of Urban Management, Planning and ICT applied to territorial and urban analysis.

Career opportunities

  • GIS project consultant.
  • GIS specialist.
  • GEO data analyst.
  • GIS application developer for business.
  • Urban and regional planning consultant.
  • Real estate assets manager for promoters, banks, or real estate companies.
  • City information manager.
  • Environmental impact studies engineers.

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