Spatial Information Management - currently we do not accept applications for this program


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Campus Villach

Letztes Update: 22.02.2021
Bereich: Datenbanken, Netzwerkdesign und -administration 151
Umfang 4 Semester / 120 ECTS
Studienplätze: 16 / Jahr
Abschluss: Master of Science in Engineering (MSc)
Kosten: gesetzl. Studiengebühr (363,30€ pro Semester)
Website: https://www.fh-kaernten.a...

Über das Studium:

Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management and many more

Ever since GPS, mobile phones and the Internet have become an integral and necessary part of everyday life, the role of geographic information systems (GIS) can no longer be disputed. An abundance of desktop, Web and mobile applications are processing Geodata and Geoinformation, hence enabling a wide variety of applications. Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management, crime analysis, geodata collection or demographics are just a few examples of the critical role spatial information plays in our lives.

GIS experts are in higher demand than ever before

The Master degree program „Spatial Information Management” (SIM) focuses on a range of specialised areas within geoinformatics, namely, natural hazards and risk management, site potential analysis, infrastructure planning, water resources management or traffic simulation and modeling. This program helps to make learners “spatially aware” and further to develop the expertise required to compete in the international job market. Needless to say, GIS experts are in higher demand than ever before. Through project- and problem-oriented learning, students apply the theory of GIS and the skills learned from working with GI technologies to practical applications.

Students who choose the SIM program benefit from its extensive international network. Working in close collaboration with acclaimed partners in research and development, academia, public authorities, NGOs and private industry has led to experts with first-hand practical experience being invited as guest lecturers. And because of their broad and extensive knowledge and skills, students learn subjects like, spatial decision support, geomarketing or data modelling, by means of a highly practical approach.

Legal aspects and the societal impact of Geoinformation are also part of the SIM degree program. In addition, team building and leadership or technical and business communication are taught and practiced. In the second semester students choose between three areas of specialization: Environmental Monitoring & Security Management, Geoinformatics, or Spatial Technology Management. The fourth semester is entirely dedicated to producing a Master thesis that could include various areas of Geoinformation such as environmental monitoring, spatial analysis, big data, cartography, photogrammetry, sensors, terrain analysis, or urban planning.


Diesen Fächern begegnest du u.a. im Studienplan:

3D Modelierung, Computer Science, Concepts and Applications of GIS, Crime Analysis, Data Mining, Digital Image Processing, Discrete Combinatorial Optimization, Environmental Monitoring, GIS, Geodata Integration, Geovisualization, German, Internet Technologies, Interoperability, Mathematics, Project Development, Project Monitoring, Remote Sensing, Risk Management, Sensor Technologies, Spatial Security, Spatial Simulation Technologies, Spatio- Temporal Database, Statistical Spatial Analysis, Statistik, Team Building, Technical and Business Communications, User-Interface Design, Wissenschaftliches Schreiben


The Master degree program “Spatial Information Management” is a two year graduate program that qualifies students for a wide variety of careers in various areas of GIS. Graduates of “Spatial Information Management” provide fast, up-to-date and accurate integration, analysis, simulation and visualization of the relevant spatial situation to stakeholders and decision makers.

The SIM faculty has built an extensive network to the GIS professionals’ community and connects its students to high profile institutions of research, development and academics. With applied research for solving real life problems as the core of effective education, it follows that most of the thesis projects are conducted in cooperation with partners in public administration, academia and the private sector. Students can pursue their interests by choosing one of the three areas of specialization: Environmental Monitoring & Security Management, Geoinformatics, or Spatial Technology Management. SIM keeps up-to-date with developments in GIScience and relevant fields by, for example, inviting distinguished scholars and young researchers to the “GI Research Colloquium” where talks are given on hot topics ranging from dealing with big data or geovisual analytics to open source software solutions or sensors on drones.


Currently we do not accept applications


Graduates of the Master Degree Program Spatial Information Management are able to:

  • analyse independently, as a GI application specialist, a space-related problem and solve specific issues with the use of existing geo-data and methods 
  • integrate digital geographic data technically correctly in administrative and business processes
  • model conceptually and formally
  • manage selection, integration and application of state-of-the-art technologies 
  • calculate and manage independently GI projects
  • apply interdisciplinary approaches in the international and domestic environment

Berufsaussichten / Jobs:

The development of spatial scenarios opens a whole new world of professional opportunities. Highly qualified experts with the knowledge and skills we train in are in high demand and are needed to help find solutions for the challenges of our times. Such challenges include the increasing threat caused by terrorism, the shortage of natural resources, traffic congestion or the monitoring of the health for the elderly. For these reasons, our graduates have excellent and exciting international career opportunities – within a broad spectrum of application fields such as:

  • Natural Hazard Management
  • Utilities Planning and Optimization of Electric, Energy and Telecom Networks
  • Water-Supply and Water-Information Management
  • Traffic Simulation and Modeling
  • Regional and Local Planning
  • Location-Based Services
  • Public Participation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Security and Intelligence Services
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Sales and Technology Marketing


In order to be admitted into a master degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • completion of a bachelor of arts/science degree that corresponds to the respective master degree program
  • completion of an equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or an international post-secondary institution of higher education 

Later submission of required documents

Persons in their last semester of their bachelor degree programs may apply for a study place in a master degree program by submitting their most current transcript of records.  The completion of the bachelor degree program certificates must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.

Engineering & IT is an unbelievably fascinating field of applied sciences. This area is characterized mainly by creativity, innovation and design. Engineering & IT is also a rapidly developing area, crucial for the economic development of a region. 

The students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • technical understanding,
  • reasoning power,
  • good English, mathematics and computer skills,
  • creativity,
  • enthusiasm for innovation.

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