GRS-80424 MSc Thesis Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing


Credits 24.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. NE Tsendbazar
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
Examiner(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
dr. I Athanasiadis
dr. ir. L Kooistra
dr. ir. JP Verbesselt
dr. ir. JGPW Clevers

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Knowledge and skills on a 'basic' level (like GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science or GRS-10806 Geo-information Science for Planning and Design) and on an intermediate level (GRS-20306 Remote Sensing and/or GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools). Preferably also an additional level 3 course in the geodata science / geoinformation science domains.


The MSc thesis enables the student to put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice by individually and independently conducting a research project in the field of the programme.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- develop a research plan, including the wider scientific context, identification of the knowledge gap, formulation of research questions, aims and objectives, and design of the project including approach, methods and tools;
- collect, select and process data, using the approach, methods and tools described in the research plan;
- analyse and synthesize the data, in order to answer the research questions;
- formulate answers to the research questions that are supported by the research outcomes, pay attention to potential limitations, and relate the outcomes to the wider scientific context;
- report on the research both in writing and in oral presentation;
- work in compliance with academic codes of conduct, and with proper management of time and resources;
- make use of input and feedback for executing the research project as well as provide feedback to others.


- research proposal/planning: the student should prepare by reading literature related to the project, formulating research question/hypothesis and proposing approaches and methods;
- carrying out the research project: the student should execute research activities and document findings and sources carefully;
- feedback: the student should deal with feedback from students and staff on proposal, research results and report and provide other students with feedback;
- report: the research should result in a comprehensive, consistent and concise report. In principle the report should contain all the elements of a full scientific paper in the discipline of the chair group;
- colloquium: the student is required to present major research findings to other MSc students and staff members of the chair group;
- oral examination: the final oral examination is a discussion with the examiner a second reviewer and in some cases, a supervisor outside the chair group.


For the assessment, reviewers/examiners use the MSc Thesis Assessment Form. The average grade for each category (research competence, thesis report, colloquium, examination) should be at least 5.5 for a pass.