Master of Earth Observation (Leuven)
Master of Science
EducationThe Master of Earth Observation programme offers you the opportunity to become a knowledgeable user of Earth observation technology. It begins with an introduction of Earth observation as a suite of diagnostic instruments, with terrestrial resources as the primary field of application. You then choose between two majors, one focused on technological aspects (bioscience engineering degree) and one oriented towards their various applications (science degree).
As an Earth observation specialist, you will contribute to innovative management of our planet's resources around the world.
This initial Master's programme is comprised of 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters within a rather flexible framework. It can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
ProfileIdeal candidates hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree and have completed thorough coursework in at least two out of three of the following domains:
- calculus and statistics
- earth science and geomatics (Basics of Geographic Information Systems)
- environmental science and ecology
In addition, good command of both spoken and written English is required. Applicants from foreign countries where English is not the language of instruction must provide TOEFL (or equivalent) test scores of at least 550.
Two tracks - the Engineering Track and the Science Track - are offered within this Master's programme. Applicants proficient in all three of the above-mentioned domains may select the track of their choice. Applicants proficient two of the three above-mentioned domains may select the track of their choice and are required to fill in gaps in knowledge by completing 10 or 12 ECTS in strengthening electives. Applicants proficient in one or none of the three above-mentioned domains are required to complete a 60-ECTS bridging programme before entering the Master's programme itself.
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1 Have profound knowledge of the principles of Earth Observation and Geomatics
2 Have specialised knowledge and skills to process and analyse analogue and digital EO-data and to collect, process and analyse complimentary geodata. The aim is to provide, from a multidisciplinary (climate, soil, water, geology, organisms) perspective, scientifically sound and professionally and societally valuable contributions to the sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems (rural and urban systems and infrastructures) at the full range of spatial and temporal scales
3 Are able to design approaches and systems for monitoring and modeling of land, coastal and atmospheric processes
4 Are able to develop or choose individually or in team, engineering solutions for geodata acquisition, processing and management
5 Are aware of the contemporary research and business issues in the EO-domain, have an attitude of life-long learning, societal responsibility and team-leadership
6 Are able to define and conduct an original scientific research project and/or apply innovative ideas within research units
7 Can present personal research, thoughts, ideas, and opinions and evaluations within professional activities in a suitable way, both written and orally, to peers and to a general public.
Information sessionsKU Leuven organises a Graduate Fair each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.
All information sessions for (future) Master's students (Dutch)
(Inter)nationalAll students are given the opportunity to conduct part of their Master's thesis research at a partner institution or organisation abroad. In addition, European residents can undertake their Master's thesis research at a European university within the framework of the Erasmus programme.
More information: www.biw.kuleuven.be/internationalisering (Dutch)
SpotlightKU Leuven has a long tradition of Earth observation research going back to the 1970's. Today, data from airborne, satellite-based and ground-based remote sensing instruments with various types of sensors are developed and used in a variety of research and application domains, including:
o Land cover and land use monitoring
o Regional climate studies
o Atmospheric and hydrologic modelling
o Precision farming and forestry
o Agricultural production forecasting
o Environmental impact assessment
o Archaeological and biodiversity reconnaissance
Considerable research efforts are invested in innovative techniques for processing and extracting information from combined remotely sensed and in-situ observations.
ContactFaculty of Bioscience Engineering
tel. + 32 16 32 17 44
Study Advice Service
Naamsestraat 80 box 5415
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
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LocationThis programme is organised in Leuven.
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Kasteelpark Arenberg 20
3001 HEVERLEE, Belgium
After graduationThere is a growing demand for competent professionals in the field of Earth Observation. Graduates find employment in engineering and surveying companies, mapping and space agencies, service and utility providers and public entities. You will also be well placed for recruitment into international and national administrations dealing with urban and rural land use planning, environmental conservation and management, agricultural and food security monitoring, and disaster prevention and management.
Careers can also be pursued in research and education, in which case this Master's programme is most often complemented by a relevant PhD programme.