24 months
17280 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Geographical Information Management and Applications Master’s programme at University of Twente (UT) focuses on the management and application of geographical information from a scientific perspective.  

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You will get the best from geo-information experts from four universities in the Netherlands: University of Twente/ITC Enschede, TU Delft, Utrecht University and Wageningen University. These universities have joined forces to offer GIMA, each with their own specializations related to geo-information technology, management and applications. The GIMA programme offers more than advanced use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for a variety of applications: it also covers the management of geo-information and spatial data infrastructures in organizations and management styles. Since the start of the programme in 2003, GIMA has become one of the most popular and well evaluated master programs on geo-information applications and management in the Netherlands and our community keeps growing.

GIMA is a blended learning Master programme (see Programme Structure): most of the time you are studying from the place where you think you can study best. This can be at home, or at the facilities of one of the four universities. For the first part of the programme (one or two years depending on whether you are a full-time or  part-time student) there are only four short contact periods per year, one at each partner university. During those contact periods (with a duration of one or two weeks only) 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 of 6 (full-time) or 12 (part-time) months duration in the last part of the programme. When doing the program’s internship with the same duration, of course you will have to be present at the geo-information company or institute you have selected for your internship.


The Geographical Information Management and Applications Master’s programme at University of Twente (UT)  aims at educating students to become;

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

It is our experience that our students find jobs very fast upon completion of the programme. All-round geo-information managers, -researchers and -application specialists are in high demand in many different fields of application and the number of experts in this field is scarce, adding to the career opportunities for our graduates. A recent survey among our alumni from the last 5 years shows that 84% started their careers within 2 months after obtaining their GIMA degree.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Basic methods and techniques 
  • Project management
  • Basic applications
  • Advanced methods and techniques
  • Management in organisations
  • Advanced applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You are eligible to be admitted to the GIMA programme, if you have:

  • already obtained a Dutch or foreign university Bachelor degree or equivalent in a discipline related to geo-information, geography or geographic information management and applications
  • academic and research skills on par with those expected at the level of a university Bachelor degree 
  • basic computer skills
  • English language proficiency (as GIMA is a complete English language programme).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17280 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA: Part-time tuition fee is €1927 per year.

Living costs for Enschede

650 - 920 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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