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Master's studies in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Landscape Planning

M. Sc. in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Landscape Planning at the Catholic University of Avila and the Moscow State University.

The main objective of the International M. Sc. in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Landscape Planning is to provide students with advanced training in the latest geospatial techniques. The course will present these new technology theories and training in environmental and landscape planning.

The Masters will be jointly conducted by the Catholic University of Ávila and Moscow State University, one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions. In this international environment, students will learn the technical basics and the latest trends to be able to join international, interdisciplinary projects of territorial planning, urban management, environment, forest resource management, risk assessment and water resources management.

The expert knowledge and use of these tools is now absolutely essential for urban and regional planning, environmental analysis and management, water resources management, to logistics and environmental consulting, civil engineering, meteorology, forestry, oceanography, geophysical exploration, digital image enhancement and applied research.

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Finally, the International M. Sc. in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Landscape Planning also seeks to give the opportunity to students who wish to enter higher education doctorate.



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Study plan

I. Geographic Information Systems and GIS I.1. Introduction to Cartography and GIS 2 6
I.2. GIS: Vectorial Analysis 2 6
I.3. GIS: Raster Analysis 2 6
II. Remote Sensing II.1. Principles of Remote Sensing 2 6
II.2. Digital Analysis of Remote Sensing images 2 8
III. Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing for Lanscape Planning III.1. Introduction to Landscape Planning 2 6
III.2. Technical approaches and applications of GIS and Remote Sensing for Landscape Planning 2 8
IV. GIS & R. Sensing research IV.1. Research tools 1 2
IV.2. Master's Thesis 1 12


We welcome applications from motivated students that hold a bachelor degree comprising of the following subjects/educational areas:

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forestry
  • Agronomy
  • Biology
  • Spatial Planning
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Water and Infrastructure Engineering*
  • Surveying and Land Management
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Environmental Sciences

Language Requirements

The candidate's proficiency in spoken and written English is a condition for admission. Such proficiency has to be proven if the presented final certificate was not acquired from an English-speaking college or university. Alternatively, proof of proficiency can be provided by adequate language certificates in conjunction with an assessment test held by the Catholic University of Ávila.

1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5

2. First Certificate – Cambridge ESOL exams

3. TOEFL IBT (87-109)

4. Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage

5. Business Language Testing Service BULATS Nivel 3 (60-74)

6. Michigan ECCE (Examination for the Competency in English)

7. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): 650

8. Pearson Test English: PTE General (Level 3) PTE Academic (59-75)

9. Erasmus Scholarship or similar academic year or semester abroad.

10. B2 level certificate from any University.

11. UCAV proficiency test



The programmes of the Catholic University of Ávila (UCAVILA) are officially accredited by national accreditation agency ACSUCyL Spain. Many of the courses that we run are accredited and recognised by relevant professional bodies within their respective fields. As part of our commitment to providing quality, relevant courses we seek accreditation and recognition wherever possible. In fact UCAVILA is integrated in the national programm "Docentia" for excellence in teaching.


Services & Facilities

The University is a central part of Ávila, one of the most beautiful and historical cities of Spain. The University has two campus areas in the city: Main Campus and Rectorate Campus.

The premises range from the historic buildings and library at the Main Campus through the Testing Hospital, to high-technology laboratories and auditoriums.

We offer a range of support to our international students including:

  • language support
  • the International Student Advisory Centre
  • orientation and welcome events

In addition to choosing a good university, students choose Ávila as a great place to be. Ávila is an exceptionally safe city, and excellent public transportation makes it easy to move between our campuses and explore Ávila.


Student Life

Ávila, a World Heritage monument, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Spain. Its world famous walls stand guard over the centuries-old artistic and cultural heritage found inside. Walking along its narrow, winding streets, one easily sees vestiges from its past… The Celtic Iberians were the first to leave their mark, which can be seen in the stone boars and the nearby Castro de las Cogotas (hill fort), epicentre of the Vettone culture.

Designated a “City of Three Cultures” (Jewish, Islamic and Christian), Ávila is, moreover, an important stop on the so-called “Camino de la Lengua”, an historical and cultural route highlighting the various places that influenced the development of Spanish as a language, which is now one of the most important in the world.

Ávila is also a modern, dynamic city offering students many different possibilities for enjoyment and leisure. In this unparalleled setting, the Catholic University of Avila is able to give foreign students a wonderful opportunity to learn and improve their knowledges in a perfect environ.

We offer a relaxed and friendly environment facilitating interpersonal relationships and indeed friendships. We have a Customer Service desk to attend your requests and also our program coordinators are at your disposal for any help you should require.





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