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Transfer minor Spatial Engineering

Do you have a strong affinity with technology and systems and are you are inspired by large-scale, complex challenges? Are you a creative thinker willing and able to look beyond the obvious solutions? Are you eager to engage with what is happening in the world and to use your skills to make our planet more sustainable? If so, this transfer minor to the Master’s programme in Spatial Engineering at the University of Twente may be just up your street.

To prepare for the master’s programme you will you will be taught various scientific skills and your skills in mathematics will be improved to a higher level. You will also attend a course related to Earth Observation.


With respect to Academic Research Skills:

· Explain what (academic) research is, which kinds of research and which phases can be distinguished and how quality of the research can be guaranteed.
· To formulate research questions and objectives, based on an existing problem.
· To carry out a thorough literature study and specify research questions/objectives, based on this.
· To produce a plan for technological research, based on the formulated questions and/or objectives.
· To answer the research question, including a reflection on the original objective.
· To write a scientific paper on the research results (in English).
· To orally present the results (in English) to an audience of supervisors and peers.
· To critically reflect on the results of their own research and that of fellow students (peer review).

With respect to Calculus:

· Formulate definitions and properties of functions of one variable;
· Calculate limits, for instance to demonstrate continuity or to calculate the derivative with the definition;
· Calculate the derivative of a function, and also to calculate extreme values and inflection points;
· Reproduce the definition of continuity, differentiability and integrability of functions of two or more variables;
· Reproduce the definition of the partial derivative of a function of two variables;
· Apply the chain rule for functions of more than one variable;
· Calculate the directional derivative and the gradient vector, and apply the rules for the gradient;
· Find the extreme values of functions of more than one variable;
· Calculate double and triple integrals over a general defined region;
· Apply standard coordinate transformations (polar, cylindrical and spherical) to multiple integrals;
· Work with divergence and curl of a vector field;
· Calculate line and surface integrals of functions and vector fields over general regions;
· Formulate the notions of series, sequences and absolute and relative convergence;
· Determine the convergence of series and sequences.

With respect to Remote Sensing:

· explain how to generate information about the Earth from satellite images and other spatial data.
· apply image processing techniques to retrieve object based information.
· apply data processing techniques at a proper scale in time and space.
· apply earth observation techniques for mapping and monitoring in applications such as flooding, food security and drought.
· explain how individual observations can be integrated, combined and processed to understand global events.
· explain how to retrieve large scale geometric information from airborne/mobile sensors
· understand how (3D) maps can be used to efficiently pass a specific message.

This transfer minor dominantly aims at preparing you for the master of science (MSc) degree programme Spatial Engineering and upon successful completion of this minor, you have direct and unconditional access to this master’s programme. (See also Entry requirements below).

Aanvullende informatie

The transfer minor entails a full time programme of 30 ECTS and there is only one term of enrolment in September.

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Good to know that this minor aims to attract students from universities of applied sciences (HBO) who have the adequate motivation and capacities to complete an English-taught degree programme on university level. At UT we assume that knowledge of Mathematics or English is comparable the level of VWO.

In any case you need have to completed 120 EC’s from your current related bachelor’s studies before starting this transfer minor.

In order to determine whether your current studies is sufficiently related to Spatial Engineering, please check:  and check the master’s programme’s website


For those whose current bachelor’s studies involves a non-related programme, admission is determined on an individual basis by the European Studies Admission Board


Calculus A (4 ECTS) Written exam
Calculus B (3 ECTS) Written exam
GEO-Skills (0,5 ECTS) Written exam

Academic Research Skills (7,5 ECTS)     
Research proposal, scientific article and oral presentation.

Module Earth Observation (15 ECTS) Written exam (MC and open questions), Assignment(s), presentation(s)




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