The Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (RS&GIS) Field of Study (FoS) at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was established in 1990 offering doctoral, master and post Graduate diploma and certificate study on Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS). Starting from a research program it has become a recognized education, training and research program satisfying the need of the region for state-of-the-art technology.

The curriculum is designed to address the theoretical aspects and practical application of space technology, especially in Remote Sensing, GIS and GNSS.  It provides students ample time and scope to gain practical experience on spatial data through laboratory sessions.  Students are trained to understand the structure and characteristic of digital spatial data, its capture through airborne and spaceborne sensors; handling of big Geo data; processing, analysis and extraction of information by digital tools, GIS and cloud based applications; visualizing and disseminating through web and location based services to secure optimal use of the extracted information.

Further, coping with the demand, open source geoinformatics is practiced along with the commercially available platforms for spatial data handling and analysis.

Major areas covered in the coursework are remote sensing and GIS at fundamental and advanced level, earth energy interaction, geometric and atmospheric corrections, application potential in various disciplines, geostatistics, geospatial modeling, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data acquisition,  aerospace technology, InSAR fundamentals and processing, GNSS data acquisition, WebGIS, Location based services, and integration of GIS, remote sensing and GNSS.


  • Doctor of Engineering,
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • Diploma and Certificate.

Preferred Background

For Master Program

The RS&GIS in AIT is a multidisciplinary field and hence welcomes both engineering and science background students. Undergraduate degree in information, computer, and space related field, civil and infrastructure related fields (regional planning, mapping, cartography surveying, geodesy), earth science environment and natural resources (oceanography, agriculture, forestry, fishery) or social science disciplines with adequate professional experience in a relevant field are considered.

For Doctoral Program

Master degree in remote sensing and GIS or in any relevant field mentioned above.


Course Structure

August Semester

Course ID Course Title Credits Semester Remark
AT76.01 Geographic Information Systems 3(2-3) August Required
AT76.03 Remote Sensing 3(2-3) August Required
AT76.14 Digital Photogrammetry 2(1-3) August Elective
AT76.22 Web GIS Technology 1(1-3) August Elective
AT76.24 Introduction to Spatial information Engineering 1(1-0) August Elective
AT76.25 Aerospace Technology 2(2-0) August Elective
AT76.28 Principles and Application of InSAR 1(1-0) August Elective
AT76.29 Positioning and Location-Based Services Technology 1(1-0) August Elective
AT76.9029 Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems 1(1-0) August Selective
January Semester

Course ID Course Title Credits Semester Remark
AT76.01 Geographic Information Systems 3(2-3) January Required
AT76.03 Remote Sensing 3(2-3) January Required
AT76.09 Digital Image Processing in Remote Sensing 3(2-3) January Required
AT76.15 Microwave Remote Sensing 2(2-0) January Elective
AT76.18 Advance Mapping Techniques 2(2-0) January Elective
AT76.19 Advance Spatial Analysis Methods 3(2-3) January Elective
AT76.21 Data Modelling for Geospatial Information 1(1-0) January Elective
AT76.27 Geospatial Modelling for Environment 2(1-3) January Elective
AT76.30 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Application and Processing 1(1-0) January Elective
AT76.31 Research Methodology in Geoinformatics 1(1-0) January Elective
AT76.9039 Spacecraft Dynamics and Control 2(1-3) January Selective Topic
Inter Semester

Course ID Course Title Credits Semester Remark
AT76.13 Remote Sensing Data Analysis 2(1-3) InterSem Elective
AT76.23 Free and Open Source Software and for Geospatial Analysis 2(1-3) InterSem Elective
AT76.26 Geospatial Data Processing and Management 2(1-3) InterSem Elective
AT76.20 GIS Programming and Modeling 3(2-3) InterSem Elective

In RS&GIS, the minimum course requirements is 26 credits for Thesis option and 38 credits for Research study option.

Thesis Option Research Option
Required Courses  9 credits 9 credits
Elective Courses 17 credits 29 credits
Option 22 credits 10 credits
Total 48 credits  48 credits
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