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Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

PMGST
09 October 2023

UC's Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology (PMGST) is ideal for geospatial professionals with experience in GIS and location data analysis. Learn more about studying a PMGST through our Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.

DURATION

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time

START

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)

POINTS

180

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

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

Overview


Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Introduction

The Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology (PMGST) 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.



Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Why Study - Body

Why study a Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology at UC?

  • UC has extensive research strengths and strategic partnerships in the field of geospatial technology, such as Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute.
  • PMGST 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.

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Entry Requirements - Body

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 Information Science eg, computer science, environmental science, the digital humanities, or any other relevant subject. Those who haven't 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.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can enrol online at myUC.

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

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

The PMGST 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

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Further Study - Body

Further study

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

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Career - Body

Career opportunities

The PMGST 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:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

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

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,107
  • International — $61,500

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)
  • 2023 — $1240.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The PMGST 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.

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology.

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