See ITC - GEM MSc

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. At the end of your study, you will get a double degree from the two universities respective to your chosen track. Successful completion of the two-year course will earn you 120 credits (60 per year) which are needed to obtain the double degree diploma.

Study Tracks 

TRACK NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS

Track 1 – GEM for Urban-Rural Interactions
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.

Track 2 – GEM for Land Use Systems
University of Tartu provides the same first year as track one, but with year two at Université catholique de Louvain 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. 

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.

Track 4 - GEM4 Food Security
Lund University provides the foundation year with Université catholique de Louvain 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.

Courses and Credits

Courses in track 1: GEM4 Urban-Rural Interactions

YEAR 1  at  TARTU

Compulsory (58 EC)

  • Spatial Data Studio (15 EC)
  • Spatial Data Analysis (5 EC)
  • Data Science in Remote Sensing (6 EC)
  • Planning project (15 EC)
  • Demography, Global Migration and Contemporary Cities (6 EC)
  • Geography, Communication and Spatial Mobility (6 EC)
  • Internship (5 EC) 

Electives (2 EC)

  • Statistical Data Science (6 EC)
  • Geospatial Analysis with Python and R (6 EC)
  • Web Mapping (2 EC)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures (6 EC)
  • Spatial Databases (6 EC)
  • 3D modelling and analysis (6 EC)
  • Visual Geodata Mining (2 EC)
  • Economic Geography of Urban Systems (2 EC)
  • Introduction to Urban Planning (2 EC)
  • Energy Flows and Material Cycles (3 EC)
  • Start-up Project (3 EC)

YEAR 2 at ITC

Compulsory (45 EC)

MSc research proposal and thesis writing (45 EC)

Electives (15 EC)

  • Quantitative remote sending of vegetation (5 EC)
  • Entrepreneurship: A bridge towards geospatial innovation (5 EC)
  • Environmental Monitoring with Satellite Image Time Series (5 EC)
  • Geo-journalism (5 EC)
Courses in track 2: GEM4 Land Use Systems

 YEAR 1 at  TARTU

Compulsory (58 EC)

  • Spatial Data Studio (15 EC)
  • Spatial Data Analysis (5 EC)
  • Data Science in Remote Sensing (6 EC)
  • Planning project (15 EC)
  • Demography, Global Migration and Contemporary Cities (6 EC)
  • Geography, Communication and Spatial Mobility (6 EC)
  • Internship (5 EC) 

Electives (2 EC)

  • Statistical Data Science (6 EC)
  • Geospatial Analysis with Python and R (6 EC)
  • Web Mapping (2 EC)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures (6 EC)
  • Spatial Databases (6 EC)
  • 3D modelling and analysis (6 EC)
  • Visual Geodata Mining (2 EC)
  • Economic Geography of Urban Systems (2 EC)
  • Introduction to Urban Planning (2 EC)
  • Energy Flows and Material Cycles (3 EC)
  • Start-up Project (3 EC) 

YEAR 2 at LOUVAIN

Compulsory (46 EC)

  • Decision tools and project management - Part 1: Decision tools for environmental management (3 EC)
  • Smart technologies for environmental engineering (3 EC)
  • Human and environmental toxicology (4 EC)
  • Master thesis (27 EC)
  • Land monitoring by advanced Earth Observation (3 EC)
  • Spatial modelling of land dynamics (3 EC)
  • Master thesis' accompanying seminar (3 EC)

Electives (14 EC: 7 EC from list 1 and 7 EC from list 2)

List 1

  • Process-based modelling in bioscience engineering (5 EC)
  • Data Science in bioscience engineering - Part 1: Spatial temporal data (3 EC) + Part 2 : Seminars and case studies (2 EC)
  • Algorithms in data science (5 EC)
  • Advanced Hydrology for Engineers(3 EC)
  • Decision tools and project management - Part 2: Project management (1 EC)

List 2

  • Soil erosion and conservation (4 EC)
  • Databases (6 EC)
  • Field trip - Forest, natural areas and land use (2 EC)
  • Economic Geography (5 EC)
Courses in Track 3: GEM4 Ecosystems and Natural Resources

YEAR 1 at LUND 

Compulsory (60 EC)

  • Geographical Information Systems, Basic Course (15 EC)
  • Geographical Information Systems, Advanced Course (15 EC)
  • Ecosystem Modelling (15 EC)
  • Satellite remote sensing (15 EC)

YEAR 2 at ITC

Compulsory (55 EC)

  • MSc research proposal and thesis writing (45 EC)
  • Internship (10 EC)  

Electives (5 EC)

  • Environmental Assessment using SDSS and advanced EO tools (5 EC)
  • Environmental Monitoring with Satellite Image Time Series (5 EC)
  • Spatial analyses of ecosystem services: nature’s benefits to people (5 EC)
  • Geo-journalism (5 EC)
Courses in track 4: GEM4 Food Security

YEAR 1 at LUND

Compulsory (60 EC)

  • Geographical Information Systems, Basic Course (15 EC)
  • Geographical Information Systems, Advanced Course (15 EC)
  • Ecosystem Modelling (15 EC)
  • Satellite remote sensing (15 EC)

YEAR 2 at LOUVAIN

Compulsory (57 EC)

  • Elements of Agroecology (3 EC)
  • Economics of rural development (3 EC)
  • Smart technologies for environmental engineering (3 EC)
  • Master thesis (27 EC)
  • Land monitoring by advanced Earth Observation (3 EC) + part 1: Sustainable food production monitoring (1 EC)
  • Soil erosion and conservation (4 EC)
  • Master thesis' accompanying seminar (3 EC)
  •  Internship (10 EC) 

Electives (3EC from list 1 or list 2)

List 1

  • Data Science in bioscience engineering - Part 1 : Spatial  temporal data (3 EC)
  • Data Science in bioscience engineering (05 EC) - Part 1 :  Spatial temporal data (3 EC) + Part 2: Seminars and case studies (2 EC)
  • Algorithms in data science (5 EC)
  • Climatology and hydrology applied to agronomy and the environment (6 EC)
  • Agricultural and rural policies (3 EC)
  • Decision tools and project management - Part 1: Decision tools for environmental management (3 EC)

List 2

  • Decision tools and farm management - Part 1: Farm Management (3 EC)
  • Spatial modelling of land dynamics (3 EC)
  • Impact evaluation in agriculture (4 EC)

Study guide

Here you can view the complete study guide for the September 2021 intake for all tracks and partner universities.