Programme structure

Programme structure Spatial Engineering

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We offer a challenging programme with three case studies in the first year, and an internship and a fieldtrip in the second year.

year 1: master's spatial engineering

In the first year of the Master’s Spatial Engineering, you will work on three case study projects to develop (in a scientific way) sustainable interventions to help solve the problem.

Case study 1

(15 EC)

Quartile 1

Case study 2

(15 EC)

Quartile 2

Case study 3 

(15 EC)

Quartile 3


(15 EC)


Climate resilient cities

Kampala (Uganda)

Risk and resilience

Food and water security

Masai Mara (Kenya)


Man-induced earthquakes

Groningen (The Netherlands) and beyond


Topics in support of MSc research

Phases in a case study

General project structure: a 10 week period to develop (in a scientific way) sustainable interventions to help solve the problem. Each project has these phases.

Define the project

Fact finding and objectives

Find knowledge
  • Choice topics (1 EC)
  • Tutorials
  • Skill learning line workshops
Find answers / solutions
  • Modelling
  • Data generation
  • Stakeholder views
  • Design interventions
  • Discussions with specialists

Case studies

Within each case study project: group work | interaction with stakeholders | industry / consultants | international classroom | personal development dossier.

Choice topics

Personal (but balanced) selection 10 out of 20 topics.

  • Flood modelling
  • Hydrologicalmonitoring and statistics
  • systems analysis
  • Dynamic modelling
  • Structural vulnerability of the built environment
  • Seismic hazard above gas reservoirs (regional scale)
  • Spatial data visualization
  • Digital elevation models creation
  • Remote Sensing in general
  • Image classification
  • Spatial statistics
  • Vegetation mapping and monitoring
  • 3D/Temporal visualizations in collaborative environments
  • Crowdsourcing and citizen science
Planning and governance
  • Climate change and social vulnerability
  • Integrated urban water management and governance
  • Markets and value chain analysis
  • Evidence based policy analysis
  • Spatial knowledge management
  • Rights and restrictions in the built environment

YEAR 2: master's spatial engineering

After writing your own master’s thesis research proposal, you continue your master’s thesis research project throughout part of the second year. The Master’s thesis research proposal includes a fieldtrip. An other part of the second year is an internship.


The fieldtrip will provide opportunities both for connecting theory and practice, and for experiencing the physical and social realities which are the subject matter of the Spatial Engineering programme.


Internships offer you a hands-on opportunity to experience and work in your desired field. You will learn how your Master’s study applies to the real world and you can build a valuable experience that makes you a stronger candidate for jobs after graduation. You could look for internships at organizations like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Nelen & Schuurmans (consulting company in the field of water management and IT), and SWECO (consulting company in the field of engineering, environmental technology and architecture).

Study guide

Download the Study Guide 2018
The Spatial Engineering Study Guide 2018 can be downloaded here in PDF format
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Spatial Engineering is a new master’s programme. The University of Twente is still in the process of having the programme officially accredited and registered. We expect to have the programme officially accredited and registered in early 2018!

If you would like to be kept informed as soon as more information is available and registration to this programme is open we invite you to leave your name and email and we will keep you informed.

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