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 the Geospatial Research Institute | Toi Hangarau.
- 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 100 universities in the world for Geography, and in the top 200 for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students are required to have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), with a minimum of a B grade 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.
Prospective students without a geospatial study or work background should take GISC 422 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems as part of their Diploma.
Students will be approved by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) based on the standard of their previous studies and work experience.
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
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Diploma is comprised of 120 points including two compulsory courses (30 points) and optional courses (90 points).
It must be completed within 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time.
The PGDipGST includes two compulsory courses on spatial analysis technology and programming. Students must also take three 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.
Students without a previous background in GIS should take GISC 422 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems before they begin the Diploma.
Students must complete two compulsory courses (30 points):
Students are required to complete three optional courses (90 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 B.
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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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Geospatial Science and Technology.
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