Master in Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA)

Utrecht University

Program Description

Master in Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA)

Utrecht University

About

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 program; 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 program: the blended learning concept and the co-operation between four renowned Dutch universities. GIMA is also an international program. 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 program, 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 program, 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 program.

Joint venture

The Master’s program 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 program in 2003, GIMA has become one of the most popular and well evaluated Master's programs on geo-information applications and management in the Netherlands and our community keeps growing.

Program Objective

The GIMA program 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 program 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 program with ample attention for academic and research skills in the first six modules. Individual Master thesis research in the second part of the program 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 Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Slovenia
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 - 4 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 15,575, 2019-20: € 16,600
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Locations
Netherlands - Utrecht, Utrecht
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Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Utrecht, Utrecht
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