Geo-Information Science (MGI) / MSc


Geo-information has become increasingly important to society. Geo-information (GI) is derived from spatial data and it is indispensable for domains like spatial planning, water management, nature conservation, environmental management, agriculture, energy supply, traffic and safety.
The MSc programme Geo-information Science in Wageningen offers a unique blend of geo-information science methods, technologies and applications. Especially the combined use of earth observation techniques (Remote Sensing) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for problem solving within the environmental disciplines is an asset of the Wageningen approach.
In the Wageningen programme, students with a background in environmental sciences, social sciences and ICT first follow basic geo-information and remote sensing courses. Then they can profile themselves by (a) selecting advanced geo-information and remote sensing courses (b) selecting advanced courses in their original or new domains, (c) choosing specific topics in the academic consultancy training part of the Remote Sensing and GIS integration course and (d) selecting specific thesis subjects and internship locations.
Important aspects of the courses are scientific approaches, a strong link to actual problems, for instance climatic change, and everyday-live applications.

Learning Outcomes

After succesful completion of this MSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
-use general scientific approaches and the latest specific approaches in GI like spatial modeling, remote sensing and application development;
- recognize the (potential) use of geo-information (GI) in spatial problems;
- formulate and communicate a feasible research proposal;
- organize tasks within projects and manage their execution;
- report and discuss about the research results for a specific audience and situation;
- use the latest and standard geo-software to acquire, store, analyze and visualize spatial data, and improve existing software tools and construct new ones;
- assess the institutional, organizational and structural role of GI and the adequacy of GI facilities, quality of the geo-data and the use of spatial data infrastructures.

In this way competences will be acquired, which are relevant for starting positions in performing fundamental research (GI-researcher), development and prototyping of GIS solutions (GI-specialist), GI advisory and consultancy tasks (GI-advisor), managing applied research projects (GI-project manager) and transferring GI knowledge (GI-teacher).

Programme Director

Dr G.F. Epema
Phone: 0317-(4)80063

Study Adviser(s)

Ing. W.Th. ten Haaf
Phone: 0317-(4)81865

Programme Committee

Chair: Prof. dr ir A.K. Bregt
Secretary: Ing. W.Th. ten Haaf


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