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GEM MSc course - Content


fieldworkGrowing population densities are putting increasing pressure on the Earth’s scarce resources. Adequate solutions to environmental problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the depletion and contamination of land and water resources depend on integrated insights and improved management. Planners, managers, policy makers and researchers need to understand the complexity of the factors involved and be able to work together with professionals from a variety of disciplines. Geo-information technology and, in particular, remote sensing, plays a central role in the search for clear analyses and viable policies. Skills in this field will therefore continue to be much in demand in industry, government and NGOs.

Why choose this programme?

The programme gives you excellent qualifications for employment at research institutes, in government, in companies, as well as in public-private partnerships. More importantly, it provides a sound theoretical and practical basis for those who wish to contribute to sustainable management of our environment.

If you have recently graduated from a university with a Bachelor degree in rural and environmental planning, geography, natural resources, agriculture, forestry, geo-information science, geology, water resources, or a related topic or are already employed in one of these fields, this could be just the programme for you.

What will you gain?

On completion of the programme, you will:


Understand the scientific process and be able to undertake scientific research in environmental modelling and management.


Have a thorough awareness of European and global environmental problems and an understanding of the complexity of factors involved.


Understand of geographical information management and be able to apply GIS, remote sensing and related tools in environmental management.


Be familiar with project and programme management.


Develop leadership-, negotiation- and communication skills.

The course is also a unique opportunity to discover Europe!

The programme is taught in different European countries: Sweden and the Netherlands. You will spend time in two European countries, during which you will gain valuable insights into the academic, social and cultural diversity of northern Europe.

In addition, the programme offers an opportunity to spend a period of two to three months in Australia.


The second year of the GEM course is dedicated to thematic specialisation and thesis work. You all move to another university for your second year. In other words, you move from where they have spent your first year of studies, either the University of Twente/ITC or Lund University, to one of the other partner universities Lund University or University of Twente. You may also visit our associated university, Sydney University, in Sydney, Australia.

The Third-country partner, Sydney University, offers you the opportunity to visit and undertake research field work in Australia. This gives you an exciting opportunity to study in a different cultural environment full of environmental challenges. Expertise at Sydney University complements the opportunities at the other EU partner universities, and adds depth to specialist areas of study such as disaster management (fire, drought, flood), coastal management, urban studies and migration. All ECTS credits earned at Sydney University are recognised by the 2 EU university partners, allowing you to fully transfer your earned credits towards your double degree.

Here you will find the story of one of our students, who did an internship in Australia.

  • ITC
  • Lunds Universitet