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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in Environmental Applications of GIS
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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Geographical Information Systems.


2nd Edition
16 ECTS (113 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
€2,000 €1,800(10% discount if you enrol before 15th December!)
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 21/02/2022
Classes end: 13/06/2022
Programme ends : 17/06/2022
Monday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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Why this postgraduate course?
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools are an organized integration of hardware, software and geographic data designed to capture, store, analyse and display geographically referenced information. This information is crucial in today's society, because it is a strategic asset that provides knowledge and added value to modern organizations. These technologies contain exceptional capabilities for working with the territory, and provide new ways of understanding and managing our environment.

The course Environmental Applications of GIS combines an approach to information bases, case studies and the application of methods and IT techniques in GIS in practical workshops, aimed at improving the management and organization of territorial information, the environment and natural areas.

It aims to provide continuous training and reorientation of professionals related to the environment, land management and other disciplines related to geography and urban planning, among others, which need to incorporate new Geographic Information Technologies (GIT).

Students will work on constructing descriptors, to the new vectors of territorial analysis, environmental characterization index applying methodologies of spatial analysis of the GIS applied to the elaboration of intelligent cartographies, the management of natural resources and the evaluation of environmental impact. Using diverse platforms such as ArcGIS, QGIS and Geomedia. For better monitoring of the program, it is advisable to have basic knowledge of ArcGis and QGIS. In the case of not having this knowledge, the possible access of the interested parties will be studied personalized.

The distinguishing feature of this postgraduate course is the high return on the practical learning that it offers the student. A high level of working autonomy and effective technical training for dealing with high level GIS competencies in the integration of geospatial data, in creating projects, studies and documents for measuring changes in natural areas and in the environment.

The teaching staff has extensive experience in the implementation of GIS projects in industry and government, as proven evidence by the projects undertaken in the GIS field in the city's Virtual Modelling Laboratory.

Promoted by:
  • To determine the sources of information available, the contents and exploitation processes related to territorial and environmental analysis, in the different formats and platforms ArcGIS, QGIS Geomedia.
  • To attain the technical skills to perform a structured download, of territorial and environmental information analysis in GIS.
  • To design and implement calculation systems to develop environmental parameters.
  • • To be able to identify environmental problems and their analysis criteria.
  • To be able to produce environmental impact studies, vulnerability maps and other environmental analyses with GIS tools.
  • To be able to produce an image analysis with remote sensing by monitoring changes in environmental indicators and in environments built using GIS tools.
  • To be able to use specific GIS programs to produce specific proposals for the development of natural areas.
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 specialising 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
5 ECTS 35h
Strategic Land Studies
  • 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
  • Definition of strategic territorial analysis vectors.
  • Application workshop: for implementing areas of activity in ArcGis.
  • Definition and tools of GeoMedia technology.
  • Application workshop: connections, visualisations, spatial analysis, influence, topology.
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.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Geographical Information Systems .
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
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Learning methodology

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

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
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.
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 postgraduate course 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
  • Marmolejo Duarte, Carlos
    View profile in futur.upc / View profile in Linkedin
    REV. Dr. Architect, Master in Real Estate Consultancy, Full Professor of the UPC. Researcher of the Center for Land Policy and Valuations, responsible for drafting the ACE Magazine: Architecture, City and Environment. Its central research topics focus on the analysis of the preferences of users of urban and real estate projects in the context of the design and promotion of projects of that type; also in the analysis of the impact of environmental externalities on urban values. The study of new methods of delimitation of real estate sub-markets and the impact of the urban structure on urban values ​​are also part of their interest, which translates into a wide collection of publications. He is a member of the Recognition Committee of The European Group of Valuers Associations, and of the Access and Evaluation Committee of the Spanish Association of Real Estate and Urban Appraisal.

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Career opportunities

  • Urban and regional planning consultant.
  • Environmental impact studies engineers.

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