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Master's degree

Master of Geospatial Data Science

07 May 2024

UC's Master of Geospatial Data Science (MGDS) offers foundational skills in GIS and geospatial technologies, and professional development for those in industry.


Master of Geospatial Data Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)




Master of Geospatial Data Science

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time


Master of Geospatial Data Science


The Master of Geospatial Data Science (MGDS) equips current and future geospatial professionals with experience in GIS and location data analysis, for leadership roles in government, industry, and research.

This taught Master’s offers foundational knowledge for those from a diverse range of backgrounds to acquire the knowledge, skills, and industry networks to work effectively in a geospatial environment. It will also provide development opportunities for those already in the industry.

The programme intersects relevant disciplines such as Data Science, Computer Science, and Environmental Science with spatial analysis. You will gain skills in programming, research analysis, database management, using and applying geospatial technology, and communication.

Master of Geospatial Data Science

Why study a Master of Geospatial Data Science at UC?

  • UC has extensive research strengths and strategic partnerships in the field of geospatial technology, such as Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute.
  • MGDS students will be able to apply their geospatial skills through lab and field work, an industry-relevant research project, and the opportunity for an internship.
  • Students without previous experience in geospatial technologies will be able to take a foundational course as part of the degree.
  • Geospatial science is recognised on Immigration NZ’s current Long-Term Skill Shortage List.

Master of Geospatial Data Science

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses in an area which is relevant to Geographic Data Science eg, computer science, environmental science, the digital humanities, or any other relevant subject. Those who have not previously taken GIS courses must complete 30 points of undergraduate GIS courses eg, GEOG205, GEOG208, GEOG323, or GISC422.

Students without a university degree can apply for entry with at least three years of previous relevant professional experience, which will need to be assessed and approved.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

How to apply

You can enrol online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Geospatial Data Science

How do I plan my degree?

The MGDS requires 120 points of coursework, plus a 60-point industry-based research project.

The degree can be completed in 1 year full-time, or up to 3 years part-time, beginning in February.

2025 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $65,700

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,473
  • International — $63,300

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Master of Geospatial Data Science

Subjects and courses

The MGDS includes compulsory courses covering core geospatial competencies, plus a further 75 points of elective courses.

A 60-point collaborative industry-related research project will also be completed in partnership with a geospatial organisation or an organisation with geospatial knowledge needs.

Elective courses

Master of Geospatial Data Science

Further study

You may go on to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in a large variety of related subjects, for example Geography.

Master of Geospatial Data Science

Career opportunities

The MGDS provides graduates with the problem solving skills and technical knowledge to undertake advanced geospatial roles.

There is currently a geospatial skill shortage in Aotearoa New Zealand, which graduates of this degree will be able to fulfil in a range of different industries, including the private sector, government, and community organisations. Potential roles could be GIS analyst, GIS planner, local government analyst, or geospatial technology developer.

Useful information:

Master of Geospatial Data Science


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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International Prospectus 2024/2025

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