Qualification awarded Master in Physical Sciences
Field of study Physical Geography
Faculty Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences
Study area Physical Sciences
Length of the programme (years) 2 years (4 semesters)
Scope of programme (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Language of instruction English
Location  Vilnius, Lithuania
Starting date 1st September

Tuition fee

4234 EUR/year

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Cartography – a specific branch of knowledge with a wide range of applied character. So, this program is to provide and educate future professionals essential cartographic theory and applied knowledge of methods, techniques and basic GIS technology, to promote a systematic approach to research phenomena, to be able to highlight, analyse and solve methodological problems, individually and collectively conduct research and implement practical cartographic projects using different technologies, to be able to create and manage application projects.


1. Having completed cartography programme, a graduate has complex understanding between functionsand interaction of nature and anthropogenic structures; principles of sustainable development; systematicand critical approach.

2. Understanding scalability and existence of geographic systems.

3. Recognise cartographic modelling in the interdisciplinary research.

4. Ability to formulate scientific and applied research objectives, shape content and possible results.

5. Strategic analyse and evaluate cartographic projects requirement and complication degree.

6. Formulate results of scientific research.

7. Perform quantitative and qualitative data analysis; formulate and present research results; analyse ofscientific reference sources, juridical acts.

8. Use varied technologies for scientific research, information search, evaluation and recall.


  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Geography, Physical Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Mathematic, Informatics, Informatics Engineering;
  • English language proficiency - the level not lower than B2 (following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).


Students can participate in ERASMUS+ mobility programme or use VU’s Bilateral cooperation agreements which gives an opportunity to study at VU’s Partner Universities or do internship abroad.


Graduates can work in cartographic and topographic public and private enterprises, in scientific and in education-municipal institutions. Masters of cartography may continue their studies in doctoral studies (third stage) of the natural, social and nearby sciences branches (physical geography, measurement engineering, computer science, sociology) in Lithuanian and foreign universities.


Professor Geoffrey Robinson. University of St. Andrews, Scotland – team leader of external evaluation of the Cartography:

"The programme’s aims and outcomes are directed towards satisfying national needs in the labour market; the need for specialist cartographers, especially in GIS-related employment, is expected to continue in coming years. The curriculum design process takes cognisance of the needs and suggestions of employers and other social partners and practitioners. Students, in acquiring the practical skills and knowledge to be able to act as cartographers after graduation, are kept up to date with trends of development in cartography.

What is more, the programme is in the hands of an enthusiastic and well-qualified staff, which supports the quality of the studies and enables the achievement of the intended learning outcomes. The staff seems to be largely competent in the subjects they teach, actively participating in applied projects directly related to the study programme content."


Edita Maneikaitė, Graduate from Lithuania

“The time which spent in programming, when making entities - communication patterns, deeper into the harmony of colours, counting distortions or when making maps is a virtue. Values, for which I want to say sincere thanks for every teacher and wish to continue to keep inspiring and friendly atmosphere Centre for cartography”.


Mindaugas Džiautas, Graduate from Lithuania

“Cartography study years passed very quickly, but they gave a lot of necessary and useful knowledge. First - great teachers and fellows were just more incentive to study; second - I am also happy to get a chance to go to foreign study under the exchange program; third - I also get great life experience. I wish Centre for Cartography continue to improve and develop a successful business”.


Marius Baikauskas, Graduate from Lithuania

“Cartography studies were very interesting and useful. All subjects were oriented to the practical tasks and the knowledge gained can be used for different activities. It liked the fact that during the years of study teachers were understanding and allowed to develop each student's originality in the task.”