In the Netherlands there are a couple of other Master programmes focusing on geo-information. For instance, the four GIMA partner universities also offer specialized MSc 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 programmes at Utrecht University
You may particularly learn about the differences between these Master programmes and GIMA at the Open Days / Master Events at the four partner universities. In general, it may be said that GIMA has a broader 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 (like 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 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.