Content of this Master's

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

The Master’s in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation consists of two years, in which you will collect a total of 120 EC

Year 1

You will spend most of the first year taking courses and working on projects.

Quartile 1

The first quartile is dedicated to learning the common basis of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. This ‘core’ part of the programme (14 credits) consists of three separate yet connected courses:

Quartile 2-4

Subsequent quartiles in the first year are dedicated to courses in your chosen field of specialization (28 credits), a common course on how geo-information science and earth observation address global challenges (7 credits), and a course of your own choosing (also known as an “elective”; 7 credits). In addition, you will be acquiring important academic skills throughout the first year (total 4 credits).

Summer break

Between the first and second year, there will be a summer break of about eight weeks, allowing you to travel home, discover Europe, take additional summer courses and/or start preparing for your Master’s research.

Year 2

The second year of the programme leaves you lots of freedom to make your own choices. Upon successful submission of your MSc proposal, you will spend most of your time doing research in the frame of ongoing research projects and working on your thesis under the guidance of experienced research staff.

The joint study load for your MSc proposal and thesis will be 45 credits, whereas your individual programme will amount to 15 credits.


To support your research you will assemble an individual study programme involving additional elective courses, an internship and/or courses at other faculties or universities. Your research activities could include doing fieldwork elsewhere in the world − e.g. in order to collect data to support your thesis. You will have ample opportunity to personalise your programme.


In the second year of the Master’s, you have the option to complete an internship to gain experience in the professional field. The objective of the internship is to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during your study programme.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this programme, you are entitled to the degree Master of Science. You will receive an (Academic Education) Diploma in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente.

Along with your diploma, you will receive a Diploma Supplement, providing the name of the specialization, the description of the nature, level, context, and status of the study completed.

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