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Rikkert Harink

Master Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional


Geo-information and spatial data science are diverse fields that can lead to many different career paths. ITC educates students to meet the growing demand for highly valuable skills in the private and public sectors. We will provide you with the advanced knowledge and critical skills needed to lead in the field.

Geospatial information and technologies and spatial data science are required across all sectors and industries today. From traditional map-making to creating modern data-driven solutions to real-world problems, this field offers an incredible variety of possible applications. Formerly, geo-information and GIS techniques were mainly used by governments, ministries, research institutes, provinces and municipalities. In recent years, however, they have spread throughout society, gaining a place in almost every organization using spatial information − from public service corporations and telecommunications companies to water authorities and retailers.

Experts who can effectively manage the information and opportunities provided by these new developments are in high demand – skilled professionals with a drive to use the latest technologies for making the world a better place.

What will you learn

During the Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, you will develop and enhance your technical competencies but also develop soft skills that include academic and professional competencies so that you can excel and be a leader in this field. Not only will you learn skills relevant for GIS and the Earth observation sciences but also the data sciences so that you can collect, transform and integrate data and use these for developing, innovative and sustainable solutions useful for tackling real-world problems and improving our understanding of the world we live in. In other words, you will gain the relevant skills that will enable you to translate technical knowledge into policies and actions and make information actionable and informative.

Jorge Nofulla (Albania), Studies Geoinformatics
“I have the advantage of studying in a multicultural classroom. Because coming from different backgrounds, we all have different ideas, and we can bring something different to the table. If we combine all of those ideas, we can come to better solutions.”
Jorge Nofulla (Albania), Studies Geoinformatics

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What we offer

Our goals are to contribute to the well-being of the planet with an emphasis on achieving the many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We offer a variety of courses that range from spatial data sciences to disaster resilience as captured by our specialisations: Applied Remote Sensing for Earth Sciences | Geoinformatics | Geo-information Management for Land Administration | Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction | Natural Resources Management | Urban Planning and Management | Water Resources and Environmental Management. Or you can design your own free study specialisation.


We offer a variety of courses that contribute to the well-being of the planet with an emphasis on achieving many sustainable development goals while at the same time developing the necessary geospatial skills needed across different industries.

  • Check out some of the courses we offer
    • Spatial Data Science: Fundamentals to advanced
      • Geospatial data: concepts, acquisition and management
      • Geospatial analysis and interpretation
      • Geospatial solutions
      • Global challenges, local action
      • Space for ethics: locating information privacy
      • Python solution
      • Data-driven modelling
      • Geodata visualisation
      • Spatial statistics for spatial and temporal data analysis
      • Spatio-temporal analytics and modelling
      • Big geodata processing
    • Earth observation, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), image analysis
      • Image analysis
      • Advanced image analysis
      • Spectral data and geologic remote sensing
      • Laser scanning
      • Radar remote sensing
      • Thermal infrared remote sensing
      • 3D modelling for city digital twins
      • Earth observation with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
      • Scene understanding for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
    • Decisions, communication and entrepreneurship
      • Entrepreneurship: a bridge towards geospatial innovation
      • Geo-journalism
      • Participatory planning: decision rooms, web applications, and serious games
    • Disaster resilience
      • Hazard and disaster risk management
      • Data-driven hazard modelling
      • Analysing changing multi-hazard risks
      • Weather impact analysis
    • Food, water, energy security
      • Spatio-temporal analysis of remote sensing data for food and water security
      • Earth observation of water resources
      • Earth observation for wetland monitoring and management
    • Healthy planet: environment and resource management
      • Environmental modelling: causes and impacts of changing resources
      • Environmental niche modelling/species distribution
      • Ecosystem sciences: nature's benefits to people
      • Geo-health
      • The role of forests in climate change mitigation
    • Liveable land and cities: urban planning and land management
      • Land use and transport interaction
      • Intra urban spatial patterns and processes
      • Planning sustainable cities
      • Building inclusive and competitive cities
      • Water, climate and cities
      • Responsible land administration

Choose a specialisation

As a Master’s student of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, you will focus on a specific field of interest, with multiple specialisations to choose from, including a free specialisation. Each specialisation contains a number of core courses that reflect its central concerns, and a Master’s thesis project that reflects the specialisation’s inherent nature. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a wider selection of (elective) courses.

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More about us

With over 70 years of geospatial experience, we continue to stay at the forefront of this changing field, educating professionals around the world. We bring together students with different life experiences and cultural diversity to provide a dynamic multi-cultural learning environment that stimulates out-of-the-box thinking for tackling complex “wicked” problems through the development of creative solutions.


ITC is a top-ranking research institute in the field of Earth Observation, allowing the programme to build on the input of high-class research with over 70 years of experience in the field of geospatial information and technology.

The ITC community

We provide an inclusive academic and social environment where students can achieve their full potential. We nurture an international community of graduates, students and teachers who remain in life-long contact in an active global alumni network of over 20,000 Geo-professionals. This global network allows us, as a faculty, to generate and exchange knowledge that inspires global developments. It empowers students with the knowledge and skills to address challenges that are central to (inter)national communities.

Facilities and laboratories

As a Master's student, you have access to first-class (research) facilities focused on geo-information science and earth observation. Bringing together the expertise from all relevant disciplines within ITC, the University of Twente and beyond. Facilities include:

Student experiences

No matter who you are or where you're from, you can immerse yourself in a vibrant, integrated, multicultural community at the faculty ITC of the University of Twente. A community of individuals seeking to create their destiny and impact the world we live in.

Key information

Top rated programme
CROHO code
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
2 years
100% English-taught
Application deadline
1 July 2023
1 July 2024
non EU/EEA
1 June 2023
1 June 2024
15 August 2023
15 August 2024
Starting date
1 September 2023
1 September 2024
End date
25 July 2025
24 July 2026
Tuition fees
Full period 2023 / 2024
full-time, non-EU/EEA
€ 16.750
full-time, EU/EEA
€ 16.750
Additional costs
Cost of living, year
€ 11.500
Insurance, full programme
€ 1.260
Visa, full programme
€ 250