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M.Sc. in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
(Specialisation/ Domain: Geoinformatics)

Course Setting

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (specialisation/domain: Geoinformatics) is offered within the framework of Joint Education Programme (JEP) of the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) and the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (UT), The Netherlands.

The course is of 18 months duration. Students follow part of the course at IIRS (Modules 1-10 and 17-23, i.e. 13 ½ months) and a part at the Faculty ITC, The Netherlands (Modules 11-16, i.e.4 ½ months). This is an accelerated course of 18 months with a study load (118 ECTS or European Credits) that would normally take two years to complete. This achieved in two ways: (i) the usual university vacations are not observed and (ii) the per-week study load (48 hours) is high in comparison with the usual university system. According to Dutch Law, one credit represents 29 hours of study and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study.

Following successful completion of the course, the students receive the M.Sc. degree from ‘University of Twente’ with the title: “Master of Science in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.” The ‘diploma supplement’ containing details of marks obtained and information about the course is provided along with the M.Sc. degree.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes


To develop a critical understanding of appropriate tools; exposure to new methods and techniques; gaining competence in developing tools for the acquisition, processing,transformation, analysis, modelling, storage and presentation of spatial data; using geo- information in identifying and responding to development problems and in drafting development policies; developing research skills to design and undertake research and development projects in various fields of geoinformatics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants are able to:

  • Analyse geo-information problems encountered in professional practice and develop appropriate methods for studying and/or solving the problems;
  • Choose and possibly develop appropriate methods for geospatial framewok data collection and processing;
  • Use programming languages;
  • Use geo-information science and earth observation technology to generate, integrate, analyse and visualise spatial data;
  • Understand and apply the principles of databases and data models and to use database query languages;
  • Formulate and carry out independent research in the general field of Geinformatics, possibly as part of a multi-disciplinary research and development project;
  • Communicate and defend Geoinformatics-based research methods and findings.

Course Structure

The courses are modular in structure; each module is of 3 weeks duration. The course is covered in 23 modules, which are organised in 4 blocks. The overall course structure is provided in Table 1 and module descriptions are provided in Table 2.

Table 1. Overall structure of M.Sc. course in Geoinformatics.

Place of Study
Block 1
Core Modules (Modules 1-3)
Block 2
Domain Modules (Modules 4-10)
Block 3
Research Profile (Modules 11-15)
Block 4
Individual M.Sc.Research(Modules 16-23)
Module 16 at ITC; Module 17-23 at IIRS
*European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
(one credit represents 29 hours of study; and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study)

Block 1:

Consists of 3 core modules covering the basic principles of: (1) Geographic Information (GI) Science, (2) Earth Observation, and (3) System Earth, Use and Users, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Geoportals and Data Integration.

Block 2:

Consists of 7 domain (Geoinformatics) specific modules to deepen the understanding of Remote Sensing and GI Science and their applications.

Block 3:

Consists of 5 modules which prepares the students for M.Sc. research by offering learning opportunities on – Research Skills (module 11); Advanced Topics on specific research methods and tools (modules 12 and 13) opted by the students based on envisaged M.Sc. research; Research Themes (modules 14 and 15) in which the students carry out a Group Research Assignment and work on their final M.Sc. research proposal in the selected research theme. Modules 11-15 are covered at Faculty ITC, the Netherlands.

Block 4:

Consists of 8 modules in which students carry out the M.Sc. research based on the approved research proposal, write a thesis and defend it at the end. The thesis is supervised and assesses by scientific staff from both institutes, i.e. IIRS and Faculty ITC.

Table 2. Module description of M.Sc. course in Geoinformatics.






Core Modules


3 Weeks

Geographic Information Science


3 Weeks

Earth Observation


3 Weeks

System Earth


Domain Modules


3 Weeks

Databases, Mathematics and Programming


3 Weeks

Principles of Spatial Data Quality


3 Weeks

Spatial Data Modeling and Processing


3 Weeks

Base Data Acquisition


3 Weeks

Image Processing


3 Weeks

Web Technology for GIS & Mapping and Programming


3 Weeks

Visualization and Dissemination of Geospatial Data


Research Profile


3 Weeks

Research Skills


3 Weeks

Advanced (Optional) Topics


3 Weeks


3 Weeks

Group Research Assignment; Finalisation and Defence of Research Proposal


3 Weeks


M.Sc. Research

16 – 23

6 months

M.Sc. Research, Thesis Writing and Defence
(Module 16 conducted at ITC, Module 17-23 conducted at IIRS)

* Module conducted at ITC, the Netherlands for M.Sc. students

Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The candidates applying for the course should have the following qualification:

M.Sc./M.Tech. in Physics/ Appl. Physics/ Electron./ Math./ Appl. Math./ Stat./ IT/ Comp. Sci./Geology/ Geophysics/ Geo-Engg./ Agriculture/ Forestry/ Urban and Reg. Plann. or any Natural/Env. Sci., OR Master in Geog. (having B.Sc. in science subjects), OR B.E./ B.Tech./B.Sc.(Engg.)/ Graduate (with four year deg. course) in Civil Engg./ Electron. & Comm./Comp. Sci./ Comp. Engg./ IT/ Geoinformatics/ Agril. Engg./ Geosci. Engg./ Petrol. Engg./Mining Engg./ Agri. Inform./ Agriculture/ Forest Inform./ Forestry or equivalent, OR B.Arch./ B.Plann./ M.Arch./ M.Plann., OR MCA (having B.Sc. in Science subjects), OR equivalent. The admission in M.Sc. course is based on a written test (for self-financed candidates), interview (for self-financed as well as Government-sponsored candidates), academic performance and experience.

Important Dates, No. of Seats and Course Fee

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