flexible content with compulsory and elective courses
The iGEON programme covers a broad spectrum of topics within the field of environmental modelling and natural resources management. Its strengths lie in modern techniques for processing satellite images, the development and application of state of the art GIS modelling in these fields. The programme is flexible in content and allows you to develop a professional and academic profile based on your personal interest.
The total study load of the programme is 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), divided over a compulsory part of 55 ECTS (45 at the start of the programme and 10 prior to starting on the individual research and thesis), an elective part of 35 ECTS completed by thesis work (30 ECTS).
Note, 5 ECTS equals approximately 3 weeks of full time study, 120 ECTS equal to 2 years full time study.
A summary of the iGEON structure is presented below:
Program components and sequence:
Develop your own profile:
In the elective part of the iGEON programme you are free to select among available courses. To facilitate your choice of courses, three suggested domains have been developed. Each track leads to a specific profile, which is linked to job prospects after completing the MSc:
- Environmental engineering domain: After a general introduction of remote sensing and GIS applications for NRM, this track focuses on the more technical aspects of a GIS. It is specifically suitable for students who want to become experts in development of information systems in a natural resource management context.
- Environmental applications domain: After a general introduction of remote sensing and GIS applications for NRM, this track focuses on a number of environmental issues, for example climate change. This track has a focus on modeling our environment and its natural resources. This track is suitable for those who want to become experts in the broader field of environmental management.
- Natural resource management domain: Its focus is first on the multidisciplinary aspects of natural resources management and then it offers the opportunity for in-depth spatial studies in a particular field of interest, for example ecology, forestry or food security. It is suitable for those who want too become experts in one of those fields. Graduates may find jobs at Ministries, research institutes and universities
- Climate Change Mitigation in forest ecosystems: Forests are known to store large amounts of carbon in their woody biomass. Carbon in the form of the Greenhouse gas CO2 is one of the main contributors to climate change.
- Entrepreneurship: A Bridge towards Geo-spatial Innovation: The objective of this course is to equip students with an interest in geo-journalism skills to deliver spatial products and thematic information in a condensed, easily understandable format addressing the appropriate level for broad societal uptake.
- Geo-Journalism: The objective of this course is to equip the students with entrepreneurial skills.
The program follows the standard semester structure. Two holiday periods are included, a short one at the end of the year and a longer one in the summer.