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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree of continuing education in Geographical Information Systems.


2nd Edition
24 ECTS (166 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 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: 16/10/2023
End date: 07/02/2024
Monday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Taught at
Why this postgraduate course?
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a series of components that come together to form a whole unit: hardware, tools and geographic data. The tools are designed to capture, store, analyse and display geographically referenced information. Today, this information is very important because it is a strategic asset that provides modern organizations with knowledge and added value. 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.

No single tool is used for graphic exploitation. Instead, despite working mainly with ArcGIS, the aim is to clearly convey the concepts and enable the student to use the various tools on the market indiscriminately (QGIS, gvSIG, etc.). The practical sessions will cover the functionalities of ArcGIS in depth, and QGIS will be studied after this knowledge has been consolidated.

We will also look at "where we are heading" and the evolution of geographic information systems. What do the concepts of big data and smart cities entail?

Students will use Carto, MapBox and Leaflet to publish and display data from several sources, e.g. from social networks and Open Data repositories. In order to do this, they must be able to access the data sources, use visualization techniques and the various possibilities provided by the new platforms for publishing maps. Maps customized via web will be created quickly and easily using techniques and services that will be covered on the course.

How many shops do I have within 100 m? What is the impact of UBER in Barcelona? These questions can be answered by students taking this module, since they will be able to create a web application and implement geolocation functionalities when they learn to work with Carto.

The postgraduate course in GIS Technologies aims to teach students the entire method of creating a GIS from the very beginning, i.e. starting from the source and creation of graphic data, followed by the exploitation and analysis of those data with the appropriate tools, and finally creating GIS web applications. At the end of the course, students will be able to publish and visualize data from many sources, such as data from social networks.
Promoted by:
  • To distinguish between different formats and sources of graphic information (vector, raster, autoCAD, shape, etc.).
  • To use the various tools on the market both for work on mapping (MicroStation) and for exploiting information (ArcGIS, QGIS) and to visualise it on the web (learning to create web pages with HTML, CSS and Javascript).
  • To generate a result based on the capture or loading of the data (themed maps, printouts, reports).
  • To provide basic programming skills.
  • To create small web pages presenting the GIS solution designed.
  • To create applications for web visualisation of data.
  • To configure map servers.
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.
Postgraduate qualification 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
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree of continuing education in Geographical Information Systems .
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
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Flipped classroom
The contents are prepared prior to the face-to-face lessons. Practical sessions take place in the classroom, which enable understanding and application of concepts to real cases and the expansion of knowledge with more technical and specialised details.
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
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.

Career opportunities

  • GIS project consultant.
  • GIS specialist.
  • GEO data analyst.
  • GIS application developer for business.

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