Programme of Geo-Information Science

The MSc Geo-Information Science is a two year English language programme. Starting in September, the first year consists of 40 weeks of course work, consisting of several compulsory subjects, restricted optional subjects and optional subjects from any relevant MSc course offered at Wageningen University or another academic institution. In the second year you work on your major thesis and an academic internship.

Your tailor-made master's programme

Students with a background in environmental sciences, social sciences and ICT first follow basic geo-information and remote sensing courses. They can create their individual programme by:

  • selecting advanced geo-information and remote sensing courses;
  • selection geo-information technology courses;
  • selecting advanced courses in their original or in new domains;
  • choosing specific topics in the academic consultancy training part of the Remote Sensing and GIS integration course; and
  • selecting specific thesis subjects and internship locations.

Important features of the programme are its scientific approach, the strong link to current global environmental issues, such as climate change, deforestation, food security, and its focus on every day live applications.

You can tailor your programme to your own interests, wishes and needs, in consultation with your study advisor.


There are no formal specialisations in the Geo-Information Science programme. You can specialise by taking advanced courses in GIS and/or Remote Sensing, and by selecting courses in a range of application fields or geo-information technology. Furthermore, you develop your Geo-information Science profile by completing a major research thesis in one of the following research fields:

and many others. Your choice of internship location is another factor in developing your profile and specialisation.


The course work consists of several compulsory subjects, restricted optional subjects and optional subjects. As an optional subject you can choose any relevant MSc subject offered at Wageningen University or another academic institution.

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The Geo-Information Science MSc research programme consists of 26 weeks of research conducted under supervision of a staff member of the Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing Chair Group (GRS Group). It is also possible to complete the thesis at another Wageningen University Chair Group, or an external institute or company.
You choose your research subject in consultation with the thesis coordinator. The subject usually originates from topics proposed by the GRS Chair Group, however the subject chosen must reflect your own research interest.

During the research period you work on and write your thesis. This is graded by an examining committee and at least one independent staff member. You are also required to present your results during a seminar, the ‘colloquium’.

Gaining work experience


The 16 week internship is a required element of the second year of the master's programme. You work at an institute outside Wageningen University, or even abroad for a period of 16 weeks. Your internship is a unique learning opportunity, where you can apply your academic skills in a professional environment. You learn to focus on your field of interest and you gain work experience, preparing you for your future (academic) career. In consultation with your study advisor you may also work on a 16 week minor thesis instead of an internship.


Academic Consultancy course (12 ec)

At the end of the first year, you learn how to properly use GIS- and Remote Sensing concepts, methods and data when contributing to a geo-spatial project. In a team of 5 or 6 students with a multidisciplinary and multicultural background, you will execute a project in the geo-spatial domain for an external client. The project includes fieldwork, excursions, analysing and reporting, and requires synthesizing knowledge from different disciplines. The project is evaluated in terms of process, applied research methods, synthesis of the compiled information, and the resulting advice to the client.

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