Study programme

Study load

Your study load is measured using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One EC or study credit equals 28 hours of study. The courses of a Master's programme are generally 7,5 EC, that is 210 hours of study. Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) is a two-year Master’s programme in which you earn 120 EC in total. As a full-time student you normally take 8 courses per academic year, earning you 60 EC. You can also follow the programme as a part-time student, which takes four years, earning you 30 EC per year. 


GIMA is a cooperative programme of University of Twente/ITC Enschede, TU Delft, Utrecht University and Wageningen University. It has a blended learning programme: the first and the last weeks of the module involve classroom learning, while the rest of the time you can study wherever you feel you study the best. The interactivity with others is guaranteed by the use of an e-learning environment, in which you will regularly communicate with your lecturers and fellow students. The study programme consists if:

  • six course modules (60 EC)
  • an internship (30 EC)
  • a Master's thesis (30 EC)

For an overview see the Course calendar. You’ll find a complete overview and background of the programme in the Course Catalogue.


On your study progress review in OSIRIS you can see which course you have finished and which you still have to take. It also shows your options. Here you can also find your obtained study results, so you can see to what extend you meet the exam requirements to obtain your degree. As such it is a useful tool when you are designing your study plan. The Study Advisor is always available to give you advice.