Programme Structure

When you apply, you first choose one of the study tracks

There are four tracks to choose from. These tracks integrate academic excellence from the four universities in geospatial science applied to societal challenges for a sustainable world. Each year is spent at a different university in a different European country, depending on the track you will choose. See the Study Guide for details per track at the bottom of this page. 

Study Tracks


Track 1 – GEM for Urban-Rural Interactions

The University of Tartu provides geospatial analysis, basic remote sensing, geo-information method foundation and socio-ecological/urban and planning. ITC-University of Twente provides advanced remote sensing and entrepreneurship for natural resource management. This track addresses the challenge of sustainably meeting the natural resource demands of a rapidly urbanising world while considering the essential linkages and interactions between urban areas and their rural surroundings. 

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Track 2 – GEM for Land Use Systems

The University of Tartu provides the same first year as track one, but with year two at UCLouvain on environmental challenges related to agriculture, forestry and nature conservation in the context of climate change. This track addresses the challenge of planning and assessing the impact of land use change in a changing climate. 

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Track 3 – GEM for Ecosystems & Natural Resources

Lund University provides the foundation year in geo-informatics, including GIS/geospatial analysis, remote sensing, ecosystem modelling and dynamic process-based spatial models. ITC-University of Twente provides the second year on natural resources management including courses on rangelands, ecosystem services and conservation to address the challenge of managing and valuing natural resources to enhance the resilience of society.

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Track 4 - GEM4 Food Security

Check out the video made by our Lund Partners on the GEM course: here

Lund University provides the foundation year with UCLouvain hosting the specialisation year on food security challenges related to crop production, including its inter-annual variability in a context of changing climate and its environmental impacts. This track addresses the challenge of food security in the context of climate change and associated socio-environmental vulnerabilities.

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Courses and Credits

Study Guide

Download and review the official study guide for the GEM MSc programme in pdf format. The study guide provides a detailed overview of the programme structure and courses for the September 2023 intake for all tracks and partner universities.