Courses and research

During your Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (GEO), you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years. In addition to the three mandatory courses of the Master’s, you will take four specialisation courses and elective courses. You can also do an optional internship and complete your studies by writing your master’s thesis.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. The recognition of credits is at the discretion of your Master's.





Compulsory courses

Mandatory courses for all students of the Master’s.

25 EC

Specialisation courses

Mandatory courses for all students of the specialisation in Water Resources and Environmental Management.

28 EC

Elective course

You can choose a course that matches your interests and career ambitions.

7 EC

Some examples of elective courses you can take are:




Individual study programme 

15 EC

In the second year, you can personalise your individual study programme by doing an internship or taking elective courses.

MSc research proposal and MSc research

45 EC

You will complete your Master’s in GEO by writing a master’s thesis. Your research theme is defined by the research group that is part of the respective specialisation. In Water Resources and Environmental Management, you will conduct your research within the research group Water Cycle and Climate.

Total EC

120 EC


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In the second year of your Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies by doing an internship at an institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface, government, marine science research and technology institution, company that provides satellite-derived climate data solutions, non-governmental organisation, or water resources agency in the Netherlands or abroad. ITC has a broad network of organisations where you can do your internship project. 

Examples of internships that students have done are:

Discover the exciting internship options at ITC!

Join us on a journey as we follow two Master students, Carolina Pereira Marghidan and John Ifejube, during their internships at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente. Get ready to witness the impactful work they're doing in their respective placements and gain a glimpse into the future that awaits you as a prospective student. Watch the video!

Master's thesis

You will complete your Master’s by writing your Master’s thesis. Your research will be part of the research group Water Cycle and Climate and you will write your thesis under the supervision of one of the professors in that research group. You might use sensors to determine the water quality of vulnerable wetlands and then replicate the research by applying satellite images for a multi-quality assessment. Or you can develop a soil moisture-based irrigation system that gives stakeholders insights into the current soil moisture condition in a given area, so they can improve crop production.

In your master’s thesis, you can undertake research projects such as:
  • Developing an integrated hydrogeological model to evaluate water resources of Boteti River sub-basin, Botswana.
  • Detecting waterlogging dynamics in agricultural fields and quantifying the effect on crop development in Hungary using radar and optical images.
  • Assessing the impact of climate change and land use interventions on the water balance of Lake Tana, Ethiopia, by using the water evaluation and planning (WEAP) model.