Master of Geographic Information Science
The Master of Geographic Information Science is the only degree of its kind in Aotearoa New Zealand offering specialist subjects and research. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to Geographic Information Science, including taught courses and supervised research.
Graduates will have advanced knowledge in the field, with the ability to carry out original research, and plan, execute, and present the findings of applied GIS projects. They will be qualified to work as GIS professionals in research, government, and industry.
Students wishing to enrol in the MGIS must have:
- a Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science, or an equivalent postgraduate qualification, normally with a B Grade Point Average or better; or
- a bachelor's degree from an Aotearoa New Zealand university in a relevant subject, normally with a B Grade Point Average or better; and
- presented evidence of ability for advanced level academic study
- completed at least two undergraduate courses in GIS, at least one of which should be at 300-level or higher, as approved by the Programme Director of GIS; or
- have significant relevant work experience as adequate preparation for the MGIS, as approved by the Programme Director of GIS.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
A special application is required – see 'How to apply' below.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Geographic Information Science or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Students must apply for admission to the MGIS programme. Applications must be received by the Department of Geography | Te Tari Mātai Matawhenua on the prescribed form no later than 1 February. Students must also apply to enrol via myUC.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Master of Geographic Information Science consists of two parts – coursework and a thesis – allowing for students to further investigate areas of interest to them and conduct independent and original research. A minimum of 120 points must be completed successfully for each part, totalling 240 points.
Part I and Part II takes 2 years full-time, or 4 years part-time.
Part II (thesis-only) takes 1–2 years full-time, or 2–4 years part-time.
- GISC 401 Foundations of Geographic Information Science
- GISC 402 GI Science Research
- GISC 403 Cartography and Geovisualisation
- GISC 404 Spatial Analysis
Group A - at least one of the following:
Group B - at least one of the following:
- GISC 410 Special Topic (offered by Victoria University of Wellington | Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui)
- GISC 411 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Health
- GISC 412 Spatial Algorithms and Programming
- GISC 413 Geomatic Data Acquisition Techniques
- GISC 415 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship
- GISC 416 Conservation GIS
- Another two courses from Group A or B, or another relevant programme of study with approval of the Director: GIS
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Geographic Information Science.
For study planning help contact the Department of Geography | Te Tari Mātai Matawhenua or the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800