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MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction


MSc Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, specialization in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction


ITC offers a two-year, full-time academic programme, in an international environment of students and faculty staff from all over the world. Emphasis is on dealing with natural hazards and disaster risk from a combined geo-information and earth science perspective.

Students will gain insight in methods to evaluate how hazards, vulnerability and disaster risk may change in a context of global challenges caused by climate change, ongoing urbanization and increased use of natural resources. Students take courses and other study units to a value of 120 credits: common ITC courses (25 credits), hazard & risk specialization courses (28 credits), elective courses (22 credits), and an individual MSc research phase (45 credits).

The courses offer a mix of theory and practice. More than half of the time is reserved for hands-on training and project work, using real world hazard and risk examples that are often linked to international projects.

Learn to predict and monitor multi-hazard risk using geo-spatial technology and help reduce vulnerability to flooding, landslides and other natural hazards.

Subject areas

  • Geo-Information science and earth observation 
  • Spatial-temporal modelling of surface processes and natural hazards
  • Changing vulnerability and risk 
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment
  • Scenario modelling of risk reduction measures
  • Post-disaster damage assessment and remediation

Target audience

This programme is for students who want to become experts in applying state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS technology for the modelling and assessment of natural hazards and disaster risk, and the use of this information in disaster risk reduction. Students often have a background in earth science, geography, engineering, or environmental science.  

Admission Requirement

We expect you to have a BSc degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (i.e. comparable to upper second class standing or higher). Proficiency in the English language (IELTS score of 6.0 or more) is a prerequisite. 



Geographical coverage



25 Aug 2019 - 23 Jul 2021

Application procedure

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Deadline for application

01 Jul 2019


Bart Krol

Last updated

08 Jan 2019

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Netherlands, the (Overijssel)

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