Applied Earth Sciences - Geological Remote Sensing

Exploration of earth resources to secure our future supplies

Are you interested in the exploration of earth resources to secure our future supplies? Than this master’s course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Applied Earth Sciences with specialization in Geological Remote Sensing leading to an MSc degree is the course for you!

The sustainable use of land and earth resources is a key factor in economic development. We are continuously confronted with instances in daily life that have direct links with earth resources and related processes – from the   buildings in which we live and the food that we consume to the smart phones that we use. Geothermal resources provide energy for the production of electricity and the heating of our houses.

The search for these earth and geothermal resources relies on the availability of up-to-date geological knowledge, conceptual models of mineral deposits and geothermal systems, and modern exploration technologies. Geological investigation and mineral exploration, hyperspectral remote sensing, thermal infrared spectroscopy, geophysics, earth structure and dynamics, and surface deformation are among the themes emphasized in this course.

For whom is this master's course relevant?

This master’s course with specialization in Geological Remote Sensing leading to an MSc degree is for academics and young or mid-career professionals who are active in the field of earth resources and who have a specific interest in geological and mineral exploration. Our students have a specific interest in an academic career, and in applied research concerning the concepts and strategies taught in the course.

What is the master's course content?

This course exposes you to geological surveys and the exploration of the Earth’s resources. It prepares you to supply future demands for energy and minerals and help sustainable development of our society.

The master’s course focuses on two application areas: the exploration, mapping and characterization of mineral resources as well as of active geothermal systems as a sustainable energy source.

Through case studies and project work, students can choose which of these two areas they would like to focus on in more detail. The course culminates in practicing research skills and executing a 6-month research phase. We employ a scientific approach to problem solving, which will help students to develop an open mind with a critical, scientific attitude. In the process, we take earth scientists and make them into geological remote sensing experts.

We apply state-of-the-art tools such as hyperspectral remote sensing or image spectroscopy, thermal remote sensing, infrared spectroscopy, geochemistry, geophysics and contextual image analysis to study our natural environment.

The Master of Science course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation is divided into four blocks. The blocks vary in length and are divided into three week modules. The number of modules for the master's programme is 23.

Block 1 (modules 1-3)
Concepts of remote sensing and GIS technology.

Block 2 (modules 4-10)
Application of RS and GIS for geological remote sensing.

Topics: airborne geophysics, geological remote sensing, integrated image interpretation, geological mapping methodology, mineral deposit geology, exploration geochemistry, hyperspectral remote sensing, mineral prospectivity modeling.

Block 3 (modules 11-15)
Advanced courses and MSc research preparation.

Block 4 (modules 16-23)
Individual master's research phase.

What will be achieved?

We train earth scientists in state-of-the-art earth observation tools and apply these for exploration of earth resources and monitoring of the natural environment. In the process, you develop a critical attitude and become a geological remote sensing expert that is able to solve problems independently.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this programme you are entitled to the degree Master of Science. You will receive an (Academic Education) Diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente.

Along with your diploma you will receive a Diploma Supplement, providing the name of the specialization, the description of the nature, level, context, and status of the study completed.

Career opportunities

An MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geological Remote Sensing provides a good basis for international employment. Our graduates have found positions in research institutes and universities, in national and international agencies dealing with the exploration of earth resources and monitoring of the natural environment, and in the private sector (engineering, consultancy, insurance).

For excellent students with research ambition this master’s course is a good starting point for PhD research with an academic research group in Europe or worldwide.

Why choose this master's course?

The strong link between education and research activities at ITC guarantees a modern course that covers state-of-the-art methods and technologies for earth resources exploration and monitoring of the natural environment. Our students come from a wide range of countries, and the teaching staff have ample experience in international education and projects.

Sustainable strengthening

ITC's goal is to explore activities in international exchange of knowledge, focus on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. ITC's approach is application-oriented, directed at finding solutions for and strengthening of civil society in addressing issues of local, national and global dimensions.

Other courses in Geological Remote sensing

Do you have a specific requirement for up-to-date education in (applications of) geological remote sensing? ITC offers a number of short courses and distance courses leading to a certificate. They vary in duration from three weeks to three months.

how to apply?

Select a course in the Course Finder and click the register link. This will take you to the ITC online course application system. More information about studying at the faculty ITC can be found on the ITC Study webpages

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