Introduction to geographic information systems E-GEO260

This course prepares you to read, understand, interpret, and create maps and other products from maps for geoscientific purposes. This is the only QGIS certified course in Norway.

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Course fee

NOK 9.500,- + semester fee Includes an official QGIS certificate

I find mapping to be a powerful tool for decision-making, and this course is a first step in preparing you for using maps and spatial analysis. This course is self-paced so that it can be flexible with your schedule.

Lecturer Lisa Watson


This course aims to prepare students to read, understand, interpret, and create maps for geoscientific purposes using geographic information systems. Students will learn to create new data through digitization, synthesis, combination, and analysis methods. At the end of the semester, students should have an understanding of what it means to create a map and be able to make their own map with unique data (i.e. use geographic information systems). This course is intended to be beneficial for basic cartographic applications. The course uses the open-source geographic information software QGIS. Successful graduates of the course are issued an official QGIS training certification. This is the only course in Norway that provides official QGIS training certification.

  • Be able to read, understand, and interpret maps.
  • Be able to read and understand basic scientific text.
  • Be able to write a scientific summary of work-
  • Have a basic understanding of and be able to use geographic information systems.
  • Have the ability to use and understand the basics of GPS.
  • Be able to solve basic spatial problems using Python.
  • Be able to present work in a scientific manner.

After successful completion (completing all lessons and passing the assignments) of the course you will receive the official QGIS certificate.

  • The course follows a self-paced format
  • The course load is equivalent to approximately 10 hours per week. Readings and e-lectures provide appropriate background for exercises.
  • A weekly virtual meeting via Zoom will be held in order to provide support and answer questions.
  • Course communications will be via email and Canvas.

  • Live seminare 15th of February at 15:OO with information about the course.
  • Weekly online lectures.
  • The course is evaluated with a project based in the GIS is due by the course end. It is weighted at 100%. Duration: 1 month. The purpose of the mapping project is to evaluate the understanding of applying GIS to a mapping problem. Learning outcomes i-vii above and to award the QGIS certification. Resubmission of project follows offering of course; re-enrollment not required.
  • Grading: A-F
  • General study competence (Generell studiekompetanse) Admission based on working experience can be considered.
  • Foreign applicants must also document education and English skills in accordance with NOKUT's regulations. Read more about the English language requirements here: English Language Requirements for International Applicants | University of Stavanger ( If you do not meet the English requirements, but you are working in an English speaking work environment, you can upload a CV + a certificate from your workplace that states this, as this may substitute the requirement.
  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK = grunnleggende studiekompetanse) or prior learning (realkompetanse).
  • Read more about the admission requirements here: Universitet og høgskole - Samordna opptak. If you apply on the basis of formal competence , the necessary documentation must be uploaded at the same time as you apply.

Admission based on prior learning (realkompetanse)

  • If you wish to apply for admission to higher education, are aged 25 or over and do not have higher education entrance qualifications, you may apply on the basis of prior learning. The University of Stavanger itself has the authority to assess what qualifications that are required. Please upload a CV and work-certificate.

Admission requirements for applicants with foreign education

  • You must document their higher education entrance qualification according to the GSU-list. You can find more information about the GSU-list here: by choosing the country where your education is taken. The language requirement is mandotary for English and Norwegian.
  • You must upload an offical translated diploma in either English or a Scandinavian language before submission. To learn more about the language requirement go to Samordnaopptak
  • You can also go to NOKUT to see which countries require an English test (GSU list) GSU-listen | Nokut.
  • If you do not meet the language requirements above you may apply on the basis of prior learning. If the default language at work is english, you can then upload a document from one of your manager/HR manager that confirms your language proficiency.
  • Course reading and labs loaded on Canvas as pdf.
  • E-lectures via Canvas.
  • Studio QGIS open source and free software.

The course will be set up as long as there is a sufficient amount of applicants


Associate Professor
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy Resources

Contact persons

Senior Adviser
Division of Education
UiS Lifelong Learning
Executive Officer
Division of Education
UiS Lifelong Learning