Detailed curriculum

The master in geography – spatial analysis specialization is composed of two parts: core courses that are common to all students in the master and courses that are proper to the specialization.

You can find more details (prerequisites, number of credits by course, etc.) in the study plan on the website of UNIL (in French):

We also invite you to read about the specialization on its official webpage (in French):

Fisrt part : Core courses

A selection of courses representing 20 credits ECTS compose the core courses that are common to all students in the Masters in Geography curriculum. These courses take mainly take place during the two first semesters. They are:

  • Concepts en base de géovisualisation (taught in French)
  • Diagnostic territorial et perspective (taught in French)
  • Aménagement du territoire (taught in French)
  • Préparation du mémoire de Master (taught in French)

Second part : Specialization

The specialization part is composed of three modules:

Database – information processing and visualization – 20 ECTS

This module aims at acquiring the basics of programming, constituting and manipulating databases, and strengthen the skills in geovisualization and Geographic Information Systems:

  • Programmation orientée objet (Taught in French and English)
  • Bases de données (taught in French)
  • Géovisualisation dynamique et traitement de données (taught in French)
  • Web-scales Analytics

Networks and spatial modeling – 26 ECTS

This module aims at improving the students knowledge in spatial statistics, geostatistics and GIS, and to introduce them to the study of social and economic networks.

  • Statistique spatiale (Taught in French)
  • Géostatististique et SIG (Taught in French)
  • Analysis, visualization and, simulation of geographical networks
  • Social and economic networks
  • European workshop: Master Geographical Modelling

Elective courses and internship – 14 ECTS

Courses of this modules are freely chosen by students in order to complete their training with topical courses or by complementary methodological trainings. It is also possible for students to do an internship that can be worth up to 10 credits.