Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

Learn to predict and monitor multi-hazard risk and help reduce our vulnerability to disasters

Master's Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

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Earthquakes and extreme weather are triggers for disasters in many parts of the world. The effects of climate change and of cities that keep on growing bigger and bigger are also increasingly harmful. Our exposure and vulnerability to landslides, (flash)flooding and other hazards are continuously changing. Would you like to know why and when natural hazards can turn into disasters? Want to play a role in minimizing their impact and reducing disaster risk? Then ITC’s specialization in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction is what you are re looking for.

In our specialisation courses, we deal with natural hazards, vulnerability and disaster risk by combining geo-information technology with an earth science perspective. You will gain insight into methods to analyze, predict and monitor hydro-meteorological and seismic hazard processes. You will study how hazards and risks may change in the future due to global changes. You will also learn how geo-information is used in the evaluation of disaster risk reduction measures, in disaster preparedness planning and in post-disaster damage assessment. For your Master's research, you’ll have the option to join forces with ITC’s research group 4D-Earth.


This course is eligible for various partial and full scholarships.

You must first apply for admission to the course. This will ensure that your application for admission can be processed in time for consideration for the scholarship.

More information about scholarships.

Specialisation courses 

See the full programme structure for a complete overview of courses in the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. 

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Master's specialisation

This specialisation is part of the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

Joint Master's

ITC has entered into partnerships with reputable qualified educational institutes for the purpose of providing joint courses in several countries. Under this arrangement, (part of) the programme, leading to a diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente, can be conducted at the partner institute.

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, non-EU/EER
€ 16.750
Additional costs
Cost of living, year
€ 11.500
Insurance, full programme
€ 1.260
Visa, full programme
€ 250