Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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The 2-year Master’s Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at University of Twente (UT) is an internationally oriented programme and is taught entirely in English.


The 2-year Master’s Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at University of Twente (UT) is all about collecting, processing, analyzing,  visualizing and organizing data representing the location, size and shape of objects on our planet. This data is generally referred to as spatial information. Geo-information science allows for this generally complex data to be presented and organized in highly accessible forms (such as apps for smart phones and other mobile devices, spatial data infrastructures, maps), making the underlying story that much easier to tell and sell.

Putting Spatial Information to Good Use

In today’s world spatial information is everywhere. Providing ever more detailed impressions of reality, it is put to good use by developers of popular applications such as Google Maps and car navigation systems. Moreover, spatial information is the key to solving complex issues that may involve, e.g.:

  • improving agricultural practices to advance the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in poor countries
  • making land rights mapping faster, cheaper, easier, and more responsible
  • helping the world by improving water safety and security
  • establishing an effective urban search-and-rescue operations framework
  • promoting development, exploration and utilization of geothermal energy sources
  • providing a basic safety net to protect smallholder farmers from weather related perils
  • promoting efficiency and equity in agro-good trade
  • helping to achieve sustainable social housing and inclusive urban communities

ITC Master’s programme in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) will provide you with the knowledge and tools required for working with spatial information in any of the fields outlined above - and more.

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Our curriculum integrates two fields vital to geo-information science and earth observation: remote sensing (RS) and geographic information systems (GIS). Remote sensing involves the collection and analysis of scientific data at, above or below the earth’s surface without coming into physical contact with them. Geographic information systems are then used to analyze, visualize and organize the data collected by remote sensing.


  • The 2-year Master’s Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at University of Twente (UT) is accredited by NVAO.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Geo-Information Science and Modelling
  • Earth Observation
  • Data integration: Principles, approaches and user perspectives
  • Geo-information Science and Earth Observation: a System-based Approach 
  • Data Analysis for Earth Sciences 
  • Field measurements and validation 
  • Geological Remote Sensing
  • Spectral Geology 
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              Detailed Programme Facts

              • More details: Two and a half month before the starting date of the course.
              • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Full-time duration 24 months
              • Credits
                120 ECTS
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                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:


                The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

              • Minimum required score:


                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

              Academic Level and Background

              Entry to the Master of Science (MSc) programme in Geo-information Science and Earth observation requires a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

              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 an advantage.

              For more information, please visit programme website.

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              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                10687.5 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 21375 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                10687.5 EUR/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 21375 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
              • Residence permit: Euro 325
              • Insurance cover: Euro 980
              • Minimum living allowance (full pprogramme): Euro 21,000

                Living costs for Enschede

                650 - 920 EUR/month
                Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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