Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science and Technology
The Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science and Technology (PGDipGST) programme provides students with foundational experience and knowledge of geospatial technology. Students will be prepared for entry-level geospatial roles, and also for further postgraduate study.
Students learn programming, research analysis, database management, geospatial technology, and communication of findings. The programme combines expertise from areas such as Data Science, Computer Science, Geography, and Environmental Science.
- UC has extensive research strengths and strategic partnerships in the field of geospatial technology, such as Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute.
- Geospatial science is recognised on Immigration NZ’s current Long-Term Skill Shortage List.
- An optional internship course provides an opportunity for students to practice their knowledge in the workplace, enabling experiential learning and engaging in critical thinking and problem solving in a business environment.
- UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Geography, and in the top 150 for Geophysics (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
Students are required to have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), with a minimum of a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses in a subject relevant to geospatial analysis. Alternatively, students can apply based on three years of relevant professional experience in a related industry.
Students will be approved by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) based on the standard of their previous studies and work experience.
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 Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science and Technology or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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The Diploma is comprised of 120 points, including compulsory and optional courses.
It must be completed within 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time.
The PGDipGST includes compulsory courses on spatial analysis technology and programming.
You must also take 75 points of additional courses from a selection that cover topics such as big data, business technologies, human interface technology, industry uses of spatial analysis, and a workplace internship.
Complete 75 points from topics that include data science, statistics, computer programming, and digital business and technology. These can be selected from the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology Schedule E.
A maximum of 75 points can be selected from Group 1, and a maximum 30 points from Group 2 non-GIS courses.
Students may go on to study the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology.
Graduates of this Diploma will be able to fulfil the current geospatial skill shortage in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas in a range of different industries, including the private sector, government, and community organisations.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2021||120||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$8,525|
|2022||120||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$8,670|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2021||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$39,500||$34,348|
|2022||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$40,000||$34,783|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science and Technology.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment or the College of Science:
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