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Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Geographic data underpins our understanding of many global issues from climate change to population dynamics. In New Zealand—and globally—there is a real shortage of people with the ability to apply and interpret this data, in what is a key, emerging field.

With the 180-point Master of Geographic Information Science, you’ll learn to harness data to enable a better understanding of what happens on Earth for both the physical environment and human populations.

You’ll gain a strong understanding of core geospatial tools and techniques, such as programming, database management, cartography, remote sensing and spatial analysis. Move into a career in the geospatial industry or enhance your current professional experience with this programme. You’ll have skills that are in high demand In New Zealand, Australia, and around the world.


Decision-makers in many areas are increasingly relying on geospatial data in numerous forms. You’ll be able to analyse data and communicate to a variety of audiences. This will prepare you well for roles in relevant science, government, or private-sector organisations.

Entry criteria

A Bachelor's degree with at least a B average and two undergraduate geographic information science courses or extensive relevant industry experience.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 2: 1 May.

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