MSc degree; International Institute for Geo-Information Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC) Four renowned European institutes have formed a consortium and now offer you the unique: Master of Science (MSc) course Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM), which starts annually in September. The course is organised in 15 modules, all linked through the common theme of geo-information and the environment. The modules are given sequentially in three of the four institutes. You start at the University of Southampton, where you stay for 17 weeks; you then move to Lund University for 19 weeks; finally you move to ITC for 42 weeks, a period that includes the modules given by the University of Warsaw and fieldwork in Poland. All periods involve at least two institutes in team teaching, so the contribution of each institute to the entire programme is approximately one third. To increase flexibility and to allow for variation in previous knowledge and areas of interest, several elective modules are included in the course. The course is taught in English.
Growing population densities are putting increasing pressure on scarce land resources. Adequate solutions to environmental problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the depletion and contamination of land and water resources depend on integrated insights and improved management. Planners, managers, policy makers and researchers need to understand the complexity of the factors involved and be able to work together with professionals from a variety of disciplines. Geo-information technology and, in particular, remote sensing, plays a central role in the search for clear analyses and viable policies. Skills in this field will therefore continue to be much in demand in industry, government and NGOs.
The final stage of the MSc course is dedicated to the execution of an individual research project. Each student works independently on an approved research topic from o
International Institute for Geo-Information Sciences and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands