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M.Sc. in Geo-informatics

Course Information

The Faculty of Geomatics at K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Iran and the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (UT), The Netherlands are proudly offering a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (Specialization/domain: Geoinformatics).

This Joint K.N.Toosi University and ITC Program (JKIP) will be held in 18 months. Upon successful completion of this program candidates are entitled to the degree master of Science. Candidates will receive an (Academic Education) Diploma in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente. Also, M.Sc. degree of Geographic Information System engineering will be awarded by K.N.Toosi University.

This program includes 24 modules. Candidates will spend some parts of the course at K.N.Toosi University (13 ½ months) including 18 modules. The remaining 6 modules are conducted at ITC, The Netherlands (4 ½ months). The details of the modules are given in Table-1.

Table 1. Details of M.Sc. course in Geoinformatics.








3  Weeks



3  Weeks

Geographic Information Science


3  Weeks

Earth Observation


3  Weeks

System Earth






3  Weeks

Databases, Mathematics and Programming


3  Weeks

Principles of Spatial Data Quality


3  Weeks

Spatial Data Modeling and Processing


3  Weeks

Base Data Acquisition


3  Weeks

Image Processing


3  Weeks

Web Technology for GIS & Mapping and Programming


3  Weeks

Visualization and Dissemination of Geospatial Data





3  Weeks

Research Skills


3  Weeks

Advanced Topics


3  Weeks


3  Weeks

Group Research Assignment; Finalization and Defense of Research Proposal


3  Weeks



6  Months

M.Sc. Research, Thesis Writing, and Defense
(Module 17 conducted at ITC, Module 18-24 conducted at K.N.Toosi University)

                                                                       *take place at ITC, the Netherlands for M.Sc. students

Course aims and Learning outcomes


The aims of JKIP are given below:

  • To expand a critical understanding of suitable tools.
  • To present the new methods and techniques in the field of Geoinformatics.
  • To achieve the necessary skills in developing tools for the acquisition, processing, transformation, analysis, modeling, recording and display of spatial data.
  • To apply the Geoinformation techniques for identifying the development problems.
  • To develop the research skills for the design and implementation of various research and expansion projects in different fields of Geoinformatics.

Learning outcomes

Upon the completion of the course, the participants are capable of:

  • Obtaining a comprehensive knowledge in different fields of Geoinformatics e.g. GIS and Remote sensing
  • Analysing a given problem in the field of Geoinformatics and providing the appropriate solutions for studying and solving that problem.
  • Developing the proper methods for collecting the spatial data and their processing
  • Applying the programming languages for the implementation of the necessary methods
  • Using geo-information knowledge and earth observation technology in the framework of the generation, integration, analysis and visualization of the spatial data
  • Employing the principles of databases and data models by using the database query languages.
  • Performing and formulating the research in the general field of Geoinformatics, perhaps as in component of a multi-disciplinary research and development project.

Course Framework

The course consists of 24 modules which are organized in four blocks and each module takes three weeks. Table 2 shows an overall of the course structure.

Table 2: Overall structure of M.Sc. course in Geoinformatics



Event place


Total Credits

Block 1

Core Modules (Modules 1-4)

K.N.Toosi University



Block 2

Domain Modules (Modules 5-11)

K.N.Toosi University


Block 3

Research Profile (Modules 12-16)



Block 4

Individual M.Sc. Research(Modules 17-24)

Module 17 at ITC; Module 18-24 at K.N.Toosi University


                                                                                                         *European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

                                                                        (One credit represents 29 hours of study, and 60 credits represent one year of full-time study)

 Block 1: Includes 4 core modules that cover the basic principles of 1) Introductory, 2) Geographic Information (GI) Science, 3) Earth Observation and 4) System Earth, Use and Users, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Geoportals and Data Integration.

 Block 2: Consists of 7 domain modules to deepen the perception of Remote Sensing and their applications such as Spatial data, Data quality modeling, Geospatial (visual) analytics.

 Block 3: Consists of 5 modules which makes prepare the students for M.Sc. research by offering learning opportunities on Research Skills (module 11); Advance Topics on specific research methods and tools (modules 12 and 13) picked out by the students based on envisaged M.Sc. research; Research Themes (modules 14 and 15) in which the students perform a Group research Assignment and work on their final M.Sc. research proposal in the selected research theme. Modules 11-15 are covered at faculty of ITC, the Netherlands.

 Block 4: Consists of 8 modules in which students perform the M.Sc. research based on the approved research proposal, write a thesis and defend it at the end. The thesis is supervised and assessed by scientific staff from both faculties.

 Processes and requirements for admission:

 The candidates who apply for this course should have the following qualification:

 B.Sc. in: Geomatics Eng., Surveying Eng., Civil Eng., Geotechnical Eng., Hydraulic Eng., Geology Eng., Geotechnical Eng., Geoscience. Eng., Mining Eng., Petroleum. Eng., Electrical Eng., Telecommunications Eng., Electronic Eng., Environmental Eng., Ecological Eng., Meteorological Eng., Agricultural Eng., Geophysics, Geophysics, Forestry, Urban and Reg. Plann, Soil Science, coastal management, Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Appl. Mathematics, IT.

 OR: Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture.

  The admission in M.Sc. course is based on a competitive national exam (Konkour). In addition, those who are not able to take part in the exam (including the foreign candidates) should take an interview. The foreign candidates can register here.

Calendar and Course Fee

The course Fee, payment method and education calendar of the course are shown in Table 3.  

Table 3: details of the course fee and education calendar

Course name

Entrance necessity

Capacity   (person)

Starting date

Ending date

Course Fee for individual candidate

Apply date





Total Fee


M.Sc. in Geoinformation Science & Earth Observation with specialization in Geoinformatics

Having Necessary degree which listed at Course Information


Sep 2017

May 2019

230,000,000 payable at K.N.Toosi

5840   payable at K.N.Toosi




Feb 2017


ITC Fee Euro 4846 (tuition fee) PLUS Euro 4110 (living allowance & another cost for 4.5 months stay in The Netherlands) payable to ITC.

To and fro air travel to visit ITC (to be borne by student).

Important information:

  • Course is in English Language.
  • The course requires an English Language Certificate. The following internationally recognized test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)


TOEFL Internet-based Test


British Council / IELTS




  • The eligible candidates have to provide one of above certificates before the end of the first semester.


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