Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

master's programmeGeo-information Science and Earth Observation

This 18-month Master’s programme (118 credits) leads to a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

For whom is the programme relevant?

This programme is designed for young and mid-career professionals who perform or aspire to perform tasks predominantly in applied research, or who require academic knowledge and skills to enhance the execution of their work. Successful completion of the MSc degree programme provides graduates with a qualification that enables them to continue to PhD level, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

What will you learn?

Important academic elements of the programme include developing a critical understanding of appropriate tools; exposure to new methods and techniques; gaining competence in developing tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, modelling, storage and presentation of spatial data; using geo-information in identifying and responding to development problems and in drafting development policies; and developing research skills.

What is the programme structure?

The MSc programme consists of four distinct blocks.

Block 1 (modules 1-3)

Geo-information science and earth observation: a process-based approach
Geographic information systems (GIS) and earth observation (EO) in relation to System Earth and the user

Block 2 (modules 4-10)

Application of geo-information science and earth observation in the domain of interest
Learning in the domain

Block 3 (modules 11-15)

Research orientation
Research methods, advanced subjects of choice, engagement in a research team, and proposal writing

Block 4 (modules 16-23)

Individual research
Executing research and writing an MSc thesis

A programme based on research

The MSc degree programme is based on research. The development of research skills is given attention throughout the entire course. Each MSc candidate is required to design, undertake and report on research where geo-information science and earth observation is used to develop techniques and/or deal with a specific application problem connected with the field of interest of the course. The precise focus of the research will be determined by the candidate and supervising staff in dialogue, and will fall within the scope of the research themes of the Faculty. More information about the ITC Research programme can be found on the ITC website. Where relevant, MSc research topics are related to the topics of candidates following other courses. The MSc research phase (six months) concludes with the presentation and defence of the MSc thesis.

Distance supervision

There is an option whereby MSc programme participants can spend five months of the six-month thesis period in their home country under distance supervision (the tuition fee for the total programme remains the same). Participants have to meet the requirements set by the ITC programme management, and are selected on an individual basis.

Specializations

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