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Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology
Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology

  • ID:UC640136
  • Level:Master's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$59,250.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$59,250.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Students should 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.
  • Students without a university degree can apply for entry with at least three years of previous relevant professional experience, assessed and approved by the Academic Dean of Science.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

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. Students will gain skills in programming, research analysis, database management, using and applying geospatial technology, and communication.

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The PMGST includes three compulsory courses covering core geospatial competencies, plus one other 15-point GISC course, and a further 60 points of optional 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.

Compulsory courses

  • GISC 402 GI Science Research

  • GISC 404 Spatial Analysis

  • GISC 412 Spatial Algorithms and Programming

  • one other GISC course

Optional courses

A further 60 points from topics that include statistics, computer programming, and digital business and technology. These can be selected from the courses listed in Schedule E.

Research project

  • GEOG 693 Geospatial Science and Technology Project

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • 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.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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