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

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
  • Report
    • Discussions with specialists

Case studies

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

The three case study projects are formulated in a context of policy goals: resilience, sustainability and legitimacy, and increase in wickedness.

Choice topics

Based on the problem framing you are offered core knowledge in choice topics.

  • Technical Engineering (TE)
    • Flood modelling
    • Hydrologicalmonitoring and statistics
    • systems analysis
    • Dynamic modelling
    • Structural vulnerability of the built environment
    • Seismic hazard above gas reservoirs (regional scale)
  • Spatial Information Science (SIS)
    • 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
  • Spatial Planning and Governance (SPG)
    • 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

Before you start your Master's research, we organize an international module which includes a trip along a series of institutes and agencies in Europe, to see how they deal with wicked problems in their own countries.

After writing your own master’s thesis research proposal, you continue your academic and research phase throughout part of the second year.

The Master's Spatial Engineering ends with an internship, organized by yourself.

  • Academic and research phase

    The MSc research is the main part of the second year (37.5 EC). Following principles of scientific research, you will choose a research topic and derive a number of research questions, design and execute a methodology to answer these and finally draw conclusions.

    The research is multidisciplinary, using at least two out of the three core knowledge areas of Spatial Engineering, with a strong reflection on the implications for the third area. In some cases, the research may lead to the design of one or more interventions, that adhere to principles of sustainability and that is based on the wishes/expectations of all stakeholder groups involved.

  • International module

    The international model 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. It includes a trip to different European countries.

  • Internship project

    Internship projects 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: The Spatial Engineering Study Guide can be found on the website of the Faculty ITC.
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