Research cutting edge solutions for geo-information collection, analysis and dissemination

Geographical and earth sciences are relying increasingly on digital spatial data acquired from smart phones, social media API’s and remotely sensed images, analysed by geographical information systems (GIS) and cloud-based applications, distributed through complex infrastructures, and visualised by and for an ever-increasing variety of users. The technologies supporting these processes are at the core of geoinformatics.

Technological skills alone, however, are not sufficient for organizations involved in the production and management of such geo-information. Owing to the rapid changes and developments in geo-information acquisition, analysis and dissemination, these organizations require scientific staff that can keep pace with and validate the relevancy of developments and the quality of the - nowadays - Big Geo Data, processes and geo-information. To tackle the challenges, you will learn to design and develop algorithms, models, and tools that can process the geo-spatial data into trustworthy, actionable information.

For whom is the course relevant?

The 18-month course, which includes a strong research component, leads to an MSc degree. This course is designed for research and development staff at national mapping agencies and other organizations dealing with geo-information, as well as for university staff (Bachelor level) pursuing an academic career.

What is the course content?

The course contains four major blocks that cover different topics from the geospatial data handling process spectrum, ranging from core principles to disciplinary research topics.

Block 1 (modules 1-3)

Core modules In this block, an overview will be presented of system Earth with its various cycles, as well as the basics and application of GIS and earth observation methods to describe and analyse this system. The specific role of the user will also be presented. Furthermore, attention will be paid to acquiring operational skills in the use of GIS and earth observation software for the acquisition, analysis and visualization of geospatial data.

Block 2 (modules 4-10)

Thematic modules building from the core principles to basic geoinformatics science

Topics dealt with include principles of databases, programming, design and optimization of geodata processing, image processing techniques and spatial data quality, geo-information sharing and distribution, web technology for GIS and mapping, and visualization and distribution of geospatial data.

Block 3 (moduels 11-15)

Research orientation modules (covering such topics as research skills and research proposal writing) and coherent disciplinary modules (deepening the knowledge and skills in user selectable profiles). The emphasis is on the contribution of geoinformatics to multidisciplinary problem-solving projects in such fields as disaster management, urban infrastructure, land subsidence and biodiversity. Topics dealt with include spatio-temporal data analysis, automating information extraction, spatial data infrastructure technology, and multidisciplinary project work.

Block 4 (modules 16-23)

Execution of individual research and preparation of an MSc thesis.

What will be achieved?

The goal of this master's programme is to develop a critical understanding of, and competence in, geo-information science, and to develop capabilities for designing systems and tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, storage, presentation and use of geo-information. Participants will thus acquire the skills to design and undertake research and development projects in various fields of geoinformatics, as well as become key players in multidisciplinary research and development projects.

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 perspectives

A Master of Science (MSc) degree provides a good basis for international employment. Our graduates work in advisory, operational, technical and executive positions related to geoinformatics in for example geoinformatics centres, governmental organizations, and the private sector. They are employed as geoinformatics consultant, GIS research manager, geoinformatics project manager, GIS engineer, department head, (university) lecturer.

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 course?

If your interest goes beyond existing technology and you want to know and influence what lies behind it, as well as research and design cutting-edge solutions, this course is for you.

The programming and research skills acquired during the course, together with the personal attitude developed, will prepare you for any upcoming challenge in geoinformatics or the geo-information disciplinary field that you are likely to meet in your work.

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