Master in Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA)


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Program Description

Geographical information is everywhere. Think of physical planning, risk management, navigation systems, location-based services, movement analysis, augmented reality, increasing use of maps and volunteered geographical information. This is why Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) is such a relevant and complete Master of Science programme; it focuses on the management and application of geographical information from a scientific perspective.

In addition, there are two aspects which make GIMA a unique programme: the blended learning concept and the co-operation between four renowned Dutch universities. GIMA is also an international programme. It does not only target Dutch bachelors, but also foreign bachelors and professionals with equivalent pre-education.

Blended learning

GIMA is a blended learning Master's programme, which means that most of the time you are studying from the place where you think you can study best (e.g. at home, or your local library). Students study full time (2 yrs.) or part-time (4 yrs.). For the first half of the programme, there are only four short contact periods per year, one at each partner university. During those contact periods (with a duration of two weeks) you are supposed to be present in person but for the rest of the year, you can study through our electronic learning environment from wherever you are. Obviously, the same holds for the individual thesis research project and internship, each of 6 (full time) or 12 (part-time) months length in the last half of the programme.

Joint venture

The Master’s programme of GIMA is the result of a unique joint venture between four Dutch universities, each with a good reputation in its field and with its own traditions:

  • Utrecht University, with a focus on geography and planning;
  • Delft University of Technology, with a focus on the legal, organisational and technical aspects of geo-information handling;
  • University of Twente, with a focus on technical and application-oriented courses for developing countries;
  • Wageningen University, with a focus on agricultural and rural applications.

You will thus get the best from geo-information experts from four universities in the Netherlands. Since the start of the programme in 2003, GIMA has become one of the most popular and well evaluated Master's programmes on geo-information applications and management in the Netherlands and our community keeps growing.

Programme Objective

The GIMA programme aims at educating students to become;

  • All-round managers of geo-information and/or
  • All-round geo-information researchers and/or
  • All-round geo-information application specialists.

Career Prospects

GIMA graduates have excellent career prospects. Especially the demand for managers and application specialists in geo-information in the professional market is still constantly increasing.

Possible prospects

The GIMA programme aims at educating students to become;

  • all-round managers of geo-information and/or
  • all-round geo-information researchers and/or
  • all-round geo-information application specialists.

GIMA alumni work in the private sector with for example energy or utility companies, or in the field of geo-marketing or consulting. Furthermore, graduates could start their career in the public sector, like in research institutes, municipalities, or other governmental services. Also, a combination of both sectors would be possible.

Academic Careers

GIMA is a fully-fledged Master of Science programme with ample attention for academic and research skills in the first six modules. Individual Master thesis research in the second part of the programme comprises 30 ECTS. This is a solid basis for a possible PhD. GIMA course participants have the advantage that they will be exposed to PhD opportunities at four Dutch universities.

Professional Careers

  • Business consultant at ESRI Nederland
    ESRI Nederland is a dynamic and young IT company and market leader in the field of Geographical Information Systems. It sells the much used ArcGIS software.
  • GIS specialist and project leader at GeoCensus BV
    Geocensus is a private company dealing with geodesy, GIS, surveying, legal registrations, change detection and secondment.
  • Senior project leader at Kadaster
    Kadaster is a non-departmental public body, under the political responsibility of the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment. It is Kadaster’s statutory task to maintain a number of registrations. Examples are the registration of real estate, topography, ships and aircraft. Besides information from its own registrations, Kadaster also provides information from registrations of other parties. For them, Kadaster maintains so-called national facilities, by means of which Kadaster provides access to the data. Examples are the facilities for addresses and buildings, cables and pipelines, and energy labels.
  • Chief Meteorology at NATO
    International meteorological office. Weather forecasting for aviation business. Development of Meteorological Information Systems (NAMIS, ICARUS): visualisation, communication and database handling. GIS aspects of meteorology.
  • GIS advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Slovenia

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less