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The MSc. programme in Geoinformatics at TERI University is a two-year interdisciplinary programme for students who want to specialize in geoinformatics for assessing, monitoring, evaluating and managing the resources across sector. The study of geoinformatics equips students with space technologies and geospatial models that can support such estimation and analysis.

The core strength of the programme lies in its innovative curriculum that inspire present and future professionals with practical and theoretical knowledge in the domain of natural and human resources management. Students are exposed to a wide range of cutting-edge applications of geospatial techniques to match real-life problems. The programme is designed in a way, which provides theoretical knowledge on principles of geoinformatics with more emphasis on applications of natural resource management through hands-on demonstration, practical exercises, training programmes, 6-8 weeks summer internship, independent study and 24 weeks major project (one semester). Programme has flexible options for elective courses, which support students to build their career by choice.

WHY STUDY Geoinformatics

Socioeconomic and cultural viability of any region depends on their natural resources. However, it is essential for nations to learn how to use these resources in a sustainable manner to ensure that their benefits are enjoyed in the present as well as future generations. Assessment, monitoring and planning are three basic processes for any resource management in a sustainable manner. These processes depend on timely and reliable information. Timely and periodicity in data acquisition is one of the best advantage in geoinformatics sciences, which helps in sensitivity and situation analysis from local to global scale.

To asses and monitor the spatial distribution of resources, global space communities have launched various earth observation satellites and sensors since 1970s. The capability of resource satellite is to capture global, regional and local changes with respect to time. Any change in atmosphere, land and ocean can be captured in continuous and discrete time domain.

Since last few decades Information Technology is providing platforms to disseminate the knowledge and potential uses of satellite base outcomes for various sectors like water, agriculture, urban, livelihood and rural development, forestry to global community. Another unique capability of remote sensing is to remove trans-boundary and political barriers for researcher(s). Remote sensing images along with Global Navigation Satellite System and spatial analysis built in Geographical Information System provide the platform for any researcher(s) / planners / academia and student to work in their area of interest and across different sectors. It also enables to assess the qualitative and quantitative information in spatio-temporal domain. Sequential monitoring of the resources assists in prediction of the future resource scenario.

Geoinformatics is an interdisciplinary subject, which has applications in almost every discipline. There is an increased dependency of organizations, businesses and governments on the integrative and analytical power of geoinformatics to address real world issues. This has led to a huge demand for people with sound theoretical insights and technical knowledge into the science of geoinformatics, with ample opportunities of jobs coming up in the field.


TERI University is known for its focus on critical thinking and broad interdisciplinary exposure in the area of sustainable development. Students are exposed to wide range of applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Sciences in ecosystem dynamics and climate change, integrated impact assessment, wildlife conservation and forest management, glacier hydrology and water resources management, ecological planning, urban and rural development, environmental modelling etc. The programme also enables students to understand various rules and regulations regarding data collection, dissemination and laws and policies related to environment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, the inter-relationship of different subjects in the curriculum is highlighted through a minor and major project. The projects allow integration of knowledge acquired by students in various courses and apply to solve real-world problems using geospatial technology.

Where will the Degree Take You?

The students who complete MSc Geoinformatics programme possess the requisite skills to work as GIS engineers, geo- database managers and remote sensing specialists in both public and private organizations.

Student Participation / Achievements

The programme provides explicit skills training in the field of Geoinformatics to students. They not only learn from leading industry professionals and academicians but also get extensive industry exposure.


  • MSc Geoinformatics students stood second in the GIS Quiz organized at the 14th ESRI India User Conference

    A team from Department of Natural Resources, TERI University (Ms. Deepika Mann, Ms. Bakul Budhiraja, and Ms. Florencia M Tuladhar) received the award for GIS Quiz competition in the 14th ESRI India User Conference, held in December 2013 in New Delhi.

  • 2013-14 Student received Best Oral Presentation Award in the 14th ESRI India User Conference:

    Mr. Abdulhakim Ahmed, student, MSc Geoinformatics received Best Oral Presentation Award in the 14th ESRI India User Conference held in December 2013 in New Delhi. His work was on "GIS and remote sensing integrated for malaria risk mapping, the case of Kersa district, Ethiopia".

Events Attended

  • GIS Day 2013

    The event was organized on 20 November 2013 covering a wide range of topics on GIS and its applications.

  • Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Delhi Chapter

    A workshop on Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) Series was held on January 31, 2014 where students from various institutes and universities participated.

  • NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Programme (ARSET)

    This programme hosted a series of six weekly webinars spread over a period of March 19-April 23, 2014. The webinar series "Introduction to Remote Sensing for Air Quality Applications for Indian Sub-Continent and Surrounding Regions" introduced students to available satellite data and tools for assessing trace gas and aerosol conditions.

  • Training Programme on Importance of RS and GIS and Rooftop Solar Web GIS tool for Indian Solar Cities

    A one-day event was organized at the TERI University on February 21, 2014, which had lectures organized on GRASS open GIS, roof top mapping for solar energy and satellite meteorology.

  • Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, 2014

    The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) is a premier event hosted by TERI. Students of the TERI University participated and volunteered for various programmes in the Summit. The Summit essentially provides students a chance to learn the finer aspects of management.


The TERI University offers 2 scholarships to Indian and international students with the support from sponsors. Scholarship is offered to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a masters' programme.

Check out our scholarship and application process page for more details.

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