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Certificate course in

Remote Sensing and GIS for Mineral Exploration

Certification Location Start Duration EC Tuition fee Registration deadline NFP registration deadline Register
Certificate Netherlands 10 Mar 2014 9 weeks 15 EUR 2289 Registration is closed 01 Oct 2013 n.a.


In this nine-week course, participants are trained in the use of remote sensing and GIS techniques for mineral exploration. Sustainable development of a country's mineral resources is generally seen as a key factor in economic growth. The search for mineral resources relies on conceptual models and modern technologies. Selection of the search area is based on a thorough knowledge of the concepts of ore genesis and the geological terrains likely to host the many different types of mineral deposits. Exploration data for prospective areas are acquired from satellite and airborne sensors, geochemical and heavy mineral surveys, and from geological mapping. In this course, concepts and data are brought together for integration and analysis using GIS and modelling systems to assess mineral resources potential. The main subjects in this course are mineral deposit geology, exploration geochemistry, spectral remote sensing and mineral prospectivity modelling.

For whom is the course relevant?

The course is designed for university graduates (BSc required) in earth sciences with an interest in applying remote sensing and GIS techniques to mineral exploration. Participants must have a basic understanding of remote sensing and GIS techniques.

What will be achieved?

At the end of the course, participants will be able to apply remote sensing and GIS to assess the mineral potential of particular areas. Though this involves the use of software in a digital environment, the focus of the course is on concepts and strategies rather than on specific software tools.

What is the course content?

The content is organized around the topic mineral exploration. The following subjects will be taught in lectures and hands-on exercises, as well as through integrated project work on mineral exploration:

  • mineral deposit geology
  • exploration geochemistry
  • hyperspectral remote sensing
  • prospectivity modelling.

Why choose this course?

The strong link between education and the research activities at ITC guarantees a modern course that covers state-of-the-art methods and technologies for mineral exploration. Examples include integrated image analysis, mineral mapping using hyperspectral remote sensing, and quantitative modelling of mineral prospectivity. Participants come from a wide range of countries and the teaching staff have ample experience in international education and projects.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background

Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

English language

As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements

Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test 79-80
British Council / IELTS 6.0
Cambridge CPE/CAE

Computer skills

Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

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