The GIMA Master’s programme is a joint venture of four Dutch Universities. Utrecht University, as well as the Delft University of Technology, University of Twente and Wageningen University, each bring their expertise to the table for GIMA. In this sense, the programme is already incredibly different from most other GIS Master’s programmes.
Specifically, in the Netherlands, there are a few other Master’s programmes focussing on geo-information. For instance, the four GIMA partner universities also offer specialized Master’s education:
- Geomatics at TU Delft
- Geo-Information Science at Wageningen University
- Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente (Faculty ITC)
- Several Geosciences Master’s programmes at Utrecht University
You may particularly learn about the differences between these Master’s programmes and GIMA at the Open Days / Master Events at the four partner universities. In general, it may be said that GIMA has a broad focus (4 universities) and is particularly paying attention to the management and application of geo-information. Many students also feel attracted by the blended learning concept which better allows them to live where they want and combine studies with other activities (such as part-time work or family). However, it should be noted that although GIMA’s blended learning offers flexibility, it also requires individual study discipline as the overall workload is at least comparable to that of more traditional Master’s programmes. GIMA is also a relatively long programme of 2 (full time) or 4 (part-time) years duration with the possibility to specialize during the 30 ECTS thesis research project and 30 ECTS internship. Students with more than 3 years of relevant experience in a geo-information organization may be exempted from the internship.
The programme may be followed on a full-time (2 years) or part-time basis (4 years). The study programme comprises six course modules, an internship, and a Master’s thesis, which together will yield for 120 ECTS.
The GIMA programme is a two-year programme and is offered as blended learning. At the beginning of each module, there are 3 contact days in which the lectures are being held and the assignments explained. After that, there is a period of distance learning of approximately 12 weeks. In between, you work from your home or office. The interactivity is guaranteed by the use of electronic communication (e-learning environment) by which you regularly interact with your teachers and fellow students. At the end of the module, there are two examination days at one of the four universities. The modular set-up is shown below.
You will spend the second year of the programme on your own Master’s thesis research project and an internship. Because of the international orientation of the Master’s programme, the primary language is English.
To know more about the program, please visit Utrecht University.