Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) is such a relevant and complete Master of Science programme offered by Utrecht University; it focuses on the management and application of geographical information from a scientific perspective.

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Geographical information is everywhere. Think of physical planning, risk management, navigation systems, location based services, movement analysis, augmented reality, increasing use of maps and volunteered geographical information.

In addition, there are two aspects which make GIMA a unique program: the blended learning concept and the co-operation between four renowned Dutch universities. GIMA is also an international program. It does not only target Dutch bachelors, but also foreign bachelors and professionals with equivalent pre-education.

Blended learning

Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) is a blended learning Master's programme offered by Utrecht University, which means that most of the time you are studying from the place where you think you can study best (e.g. at home, or your local library). Students study full time (2 yrs.) or part time (4 yrs.). For the first half of the programme there are only four short contact periods per year, one at each partner university.

During those contact periods (with a duration of two weeks) you are supposed to be present in person but for the rest of the year you can study through our electronic learning environment from wherever you are. Obviously, the same holds for the individual thesis research project and internship, each of 6 (full time) or 12 (part time) month length in the last half of the program.

Joint venture

The Master’s programme of GIMA is the result of a unique joint venture between four Dutch universities, each with a good reputation in its field and with its own traditions:

  • Utrecht University, with a focus on geography and planning;
  • Delft University of Technology, with a focus on the legal, organisational and technical aspects of geo-information handling;
  • University of Twente, with a focus on technical and application oriented courses for developing countries;
  • Wageningen University, with a focus on agricultural and rural applications.

You will thus get the best from geo-information experts from four universities in the Netherlands. Since the start of the programme in 2003, GIMA has become one of the most popular and well evaluated Master's programmes on geo-information applications and management in the Netherlands and our community keeps growing.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Methods and Techniques
  • Project Management
  • Basic Applications
  • Advanced Methods and Techniques
  • Management in Organisations
  • Advanced Applications

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 48 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You have a foreign University Bachelor's degree (Equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor Degree) in a discipline related to geo-information, geography or geographic information management and applications.
  • You are able to demonstrate academic and research skills on par with those expected at the level of a university bachelor's degree.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.