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Subject : GeoInformatics (Master/MSc)

Course Duration: 12 months (Master) / 18 months (MSc)
Course Start: 18 September 2006 (Application deadline 15 June 2006)
Tuition Fee: € 6,200 (Master) /  € 9,500 (MSc)
Location: Enschede, Netherlands

Geographical and earth sciences are relying increasingly on digital spatial data acquired from remotely sensed images, analyzed by geographical information systems (GIS) and visualised on the computer screen or on paper. The technologies supporting the processes of acquiring analyzing and visualising spatial data form the core of geoinformatics. Technological skills alone, however, are not sufficient for organisations involved in the production and management of geo-information. To optimise the use of technology, additional capabilities must be available, such as a thorough understanding of efficient data collection the structuring of spatial databases, and data output by visualisation techniques, as well as a sound organisational infrastructure for managing and accessing the data. Organisations must be able to keep pace with developments in electronic data dissemination.

Two types of degree course, the Master degree course and the Master of Science (MSc) degree course, are offered in the Geoinformatics programme.

  • Master in Geoinformatics
    The Master degree course addresses the needs of the geoinforrnatics engineer who wishes to improve his or her skills in the use of integrated geo-information production technology. An integral part of the course is the operational management of geo-information production systems, including design, planning, execution and quality control.
  • Master of Science in Geoinformatics
    The goal of the MSc degree course is to develop a critical understanding of, and competence in, developing systems and tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, storage, presentation and use of geo-information. In addition, skills will be built to enable participants to design and undertake research and development projects in various fields of geoinformatics, as well as participate in multidisciplinary research and development projects.

Specialisation options:

  • Remote Sensing
  • Digital Photogrametry
  • Spatial Databases
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Cartography and Geo-visualisation
  • Spatial Data Insfrastructure

Course content and structure
Both courses are composed of a series of modules, each lasting three weeks. There are three types of modules: core modules, programme modules, and elective modules. An individual study programme consisting of one or more of the regular three-week modules is also an option, as all modules are open to applicants.

Modules for Master degree
In the Master course, the overall theme is the application of technology for spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). Six consecutive modules address specific aspects of the theme:

  • design and development of component systems of SDI
  • requirement analysis,
  • core geospatial data provision,
  • spatial data modelling and spatial database design,
  • spatial data analysis, and
  • methods and techniques of geospatial data acquisition, and its eventual (web-based) dissemination and visualisation.

All aim at improving the understanding and engineering skills of the course participant, also through a real Fife Case Study that runs through all six modules.

After the programme modules, participants of the Master course are offered two programme elective modules, which allow a deepening of knowledge and skills in a subdomain of the general SDI theme. In this way, participants can specialise their engineering skills according to personal and organisational interest and demand. The second programme elective is considered as a preparation for the Individual Final Assignment.

The Master course finishes with an individual project, lasting nine weeks, in which the course participant applies the knowledge gained, and develops an engineering project and product. A report and presentation mark the end of the regular course.

Modules for Master of Science (MSc) degree
In the MSc course, different topics of the geospatial data handling process spectrum are highlighted in six modules:

  • generation of framework data,
  • visualisation and dissemination of geospatial data,
  • design and optimisation of production and dissemination systems,
  • spatial information theory,
  • information extraction, and
  • web technology for GES and mapping.

In two other moduls attention is also paid to building skills to conduct independent research, in preparation for the final research project phase of the MSc track.

Like other educational programmes at ITC, Geoinformatics offers its MSc students the possibility to personalise their curriculum in three elective modules. The MSc participants may choose from a variety of elective modules offered simultaneously by all of ITCs scientific departments

The Master of Science degree course finishes with an indi vidual project, lasting six months, in which the course participant applies the knowledge gained, and develops a research project and product. A thesis and defence and presentation thereof  mark the end of the regular course.

Admission Requirements:

  • BSc degree (or equivalent) - in a discipline related to course specialisation - from a recognized university
  • Preferably having work experience in related field
  • TOEFL Score of 500 or IELTS 5.5 for Master Course (only internationally recognized test result accepted);
    TOEFL Score of 550 or IELTS 6.0 for MSc Course (only internationally recognized test result accepted)
  • Having computer skill is strongly advised
  • Preferably having good stereoscopic and color vision