Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science


The Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science provides students with a grounding in knowledge covering GIS fundamentals, theory and research methodology, as well as the acquisition of skills including data collection and processing, analysis and presentation.

Graduates will have advanced experience in the field, with the ability to plan, execute and present the findings of applied GIS projects. They will be qualified to work as GIS professionals in government and industry.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates wishing to enrol in the PGDipGIS must have either:

  • qualified for a degree in a New Zealand university which is of relevance to the proposed course of study; or
  • presented evidence of ability for advanced level academic study; or
  • been admitted Ad Eundum Statum to enrol for this diploma.

Students planning to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science must apply for admission to the GIS programme – see 'How to apply' below.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

A total course weighting of at least 1.0 EFTS (120 points) must be completed. Students study:

  • four compulsory courses on GIS, research, cartography and geovisualisation, and geospatial analysis
  • one elective from Group A of the schedule
  • one elective from Group B of the schedule
  • and two other elective courses at 400-level or higher.

For the up-to-date schedules of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

The diploma takes one to two years of full-time study or up to four years part-time.

How to apply

Applications for admission must be received by the Department of Geography on the prescribed form by 1 February. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that an up-to-date official academic record is sent to the Department of Geography as soon it is available.

Students must also apply to enrol online via MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC also offers a Master of Geographic Information Science.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science.

For study planning help contact the Department of Geography or the College of Science:

College of Science
University of Canterbury
Okeover House
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2312
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz

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