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.

Why study PGDipGST at UC?

  • UC has extensive research strengths and strategic partnerships in the field of geospatial technology, such as the 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 150 universities in the world for Geography, and in the top 200 for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.
Note that this qualification is only open to enrolments for study in 2018.

Entry requirements

Normally, the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualification overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific 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.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The diploma is comprised of 120 points including two compulsory courses (30 points) and optional courses (90 points). It must be completed within 24 months full-time or part-time.

Students can begin their studies in February or July 2018.

Subjects and courses

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.

Compulsory Courses
Students must complete two compulsory courses (30 points):

Optional Courses
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 Schedule to the Regulations for the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Students may go on to study the Professional Master of Geospatial Science and Technology. 

Career opportunities

Graduates of this diploma will be able to fulfil the current geospatial skill shortage in New Zealand and overseas in a range of different industries, including the private sector, government and community organisations.

More information

For full requirements, see the Regulations to the Postgraduate Certificate in Geospatial Science and Technology.

For study planning help, contact the College of Science:

College of Science
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 4108
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz