Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology
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.
- 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.
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 apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
The PMGST includes compulsory courses covering core geospatial competencies, plus a further 90 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.
- 60 points from the GISC course list
- 30 points from the non-GIS course list
You may go on to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies in a large variety of related subjects, for example Geography.
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.
- 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.
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- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||180||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$13,107|
|2022||180||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$12,756|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||180||Special (set) programme fee||$60,000||$52,174|
|2023||180||Special (set) programme fee||$61,500||$53,478|
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology.
For study planning help contact Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment.
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