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MSc Geo-Information Science

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Masters / PG
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2 Years
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16600 EUR
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Geo-Information Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80

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About this course

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 or a minor thesis.

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Eligibility Criteria

The English language requirement for this course is Level 1.

English Language Requirements


  • Level 1:overall grade 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)
  • Level 2:Overall grade 6.5 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)


  • Level 1:internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)
  • Level 2:internet-based 92 (with a minimum sub-score of 23 for speaking)


  • Level 1:OOPT 60. Writing borderline or pass >65%. Speaking borderline or pass >65%
  • Level 2:OOPT 70. Writing pass >70%. Speaking borderline or pass >65%

Cambridge CAE

  • Level 1:pass at grade C or above
  • Level 2:pass at grade C or above

Cambridge FCE

  • Level 1:pass at grade B or above
  • Level 2:pass at grade A

Cambridge CPE

  • Level 1:pass at grade C or above
  • Level 2:pass at grade B or above

International Baccalauréat

  • Level 1:3 for English
  • Level 2:4 for English

German Abitur

  • Level 1:06 Punkte for English
  • Level 2:09 Punkte for English

Belgium ASO

  • Level 1:60 for English
  • Level 2:70 for English

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Course Modules

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;
  • 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 gloal 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:

  • sensing and measuring
  • modelling and visualisation
  • integrated land monitoring
  • human-space interactions
  • empowering and engaging communities

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 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.
Remote Sensing and GIS Integration

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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How to Apply

You need the following documents:

1. A completed application form

2. Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Dutch or English (or a certified English translation). Students in the final year of their Bachelor may also apply for admission prior to graduation. The Academic Committee on Admissions can tentatively admit students based on a transcript of their academic record and the expected date of graduation. To enroll as a student a certified copy of the Bachelor degree must be submitted before the first day of the start of the study programme.

3. Transcript of academic records (list of subjects and marks obtained during the Bachelor) in Dutch or English. When enrolling as a student a certified copy of the transcript of academic records needs to be submitted.

4. English language proficiency test results

More information: English language proficiency test (non-EU/EFTA)

5. A statement of motivation/purpose explaining why you wish to enroll for the chosen programme, and if applicable, an indication of the programme’s practical value to your profession (one page maximum).

6. A typed Curriculum Vitae or brief personal history.

All documents must be submitted as PDF files in STARS (Student Tracking Admission Registration System).

How to upload documents in STARS

Only complete applications will be submitted to the Academic Committee on Admissions (it can take up to two months to process the application). Your application is processed in the Student Tracking Admission Registration System (STARS). You will receive a registration letter (by email) containing a filenumber and a password. With this user-name and password you can check your application status in STARS.

An applicant who does not meet the admission requirements and is rejected by the Academic Committee on Admissions of Wageningen University & Research will receive notification to this effect as soon as possible. The applicant may lodge an appeal against the decision.

Please note that the application becomes the property of the Student Service Centre after you send it. Therefore no original official documents should be sent. You need to submit a certified copy of your (Bachelor) diploma and list of subjects/marks before you can be enrolled as a student.

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