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Postgraduate Certificate in Geospatial Science and Technology

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Certificate in Geospatial Science and Technology (PGCertGST) programme equips students with a foundational knowledge of geospatial science and technology at postgraduate level. It can be a stepping-stone to a professional master’s degree or a one year professional qualification.

The programme intersects relevant disciplines such as Data Science, Computer Science, Geography and Environmental Science with spatial analysis. Students will gain skills in programming, research analysis, database management, geospatial technology and communication.

Why study a Postgraduate Certificate in Geospatial Science and Technology 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.

How do I plan my degree?

The certificate is comprised of 60 points including three compulsory courses (45 points) and one optional course (15 points).

Subjects and courses

The PGCertGST includes three compulsory courses on spatial analysis technology and programming, and students may choose their final course from a selection of topics such as data management, modelling, communicating data findings, and specific uses of GIS such as within the Health, Forestry and Natural Resources industries.

Further study

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this certificate 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.

Entry criteria

The PGCertGST requires a bachelor’s degree with at least a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses in an area relevant to geospatial analysis, or equivalent, or three years of professional experience in a related industry.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application Deadline: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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