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Geo-information Science and Earth Observation Double degree Master's with K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

The Master's programme in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation offered through the partnership between KNTU and ITC is a graduate course suitable for the candidates who have BSc in geoscience related fields of study such as surveying engineering, civil engineering, geography, forestry engineering, agricultural engineering and geology and have the desire to expand their academic and personal horizon to become citizens of the world.

Career perspective

Upon the completion of the course, the graduates will have a wide range of abilities which are mainly in the areas of production and interpretation of maps and other spatial information such as remote sensing data, terrain mapping, global positioning (GPS) and other digital new techniques including design, creation and development of spatial databases for various applications such as urban and regional planning, cadaster, urban management and public services (water, electricity, gas, telecommunications, etc.). Based on these abilities the graduates of the joint program can be employed in the mapping/geographical organizations, space related companies, geological surveys, energy sectors, oil and gas companies forest and agricultural organizations, mining and civil engineering centers and urban development companies.

Course content

The joint programme is part of the regular academic system in KNTU and it is divided into four blocks. Two blocks, the first year, are held within two separate terms at the faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, KNTU in Iran. These two blocks last for 9 months starting from September and ending in next year’s May. There are courses taught on subjects like earth observation, GIS, web services, photogrammetry, cartographic visualization, image analysis. The first year provides ample opportunity to select courses of personal interest to better prepare graduates for their academic or professional career. Upon completion of the first year, the faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, will host the students for block 3 (September – February) during which the individual study plan consisting of elective courses and MSc research is continued. The MSc research is finalized in block 4 after return to KNTU.







Core courses

Geoinformatics courses

Academic skills





Geoinformatics courses

Specialization in Geoinformatics course

Academic skills

Elective course




Master's research (proposal)

Elective courses

MSc Research





MSc Research

Thesis Defence





About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this programme you are entitled to the degree of 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.

Admission requirements

Admission is arranged through the K.N Toosi . .  (KNTU), Tehran, Iran. Please consult their website for specific details. In general, you should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course*, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field with a 3.0 or higher Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a 4.0 scale, or Upper Second Class standing or higher 

NOTE: a Lower Second Class standing may be accepted based on evidence of relevant professional experience and/or other further academic development.

The following English language requirements are applicable:

  • British Council / IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking and writing)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
  • TOEFL: Internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

Computer skills

Participants are expected to be familiar with the basic computer skills. Basic knowledge of and skills in working with GIS and/or remotely sensed data is strongly recommended.

Notebook requirements

When you study in an ITC programme, you should have a notebook computer that meets ITC's notebook requirements.

If you do not own a notebook that meets the minimum requirements you could consider buying one through our Notebook Project. The Notebook Project offers discounted notebooks that meet our standards and have the peripherals needed to connect to the ITC networks. Purchase and acquisition of notebooks through our Notebook project is only possible during your stay at ITC.

More information 

If you have any questions about this programme please contact us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dr. Yasser Maghsoudi
Associate Professor