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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Geospatial Science)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Previously known as 'Geographic Information Systems'
  • Available for international students via distance learning

What is it like?

Geospatial science is a cross-disciplinary field that deals with the use of spatial information technologies to understand people, places and earth processes. It has application in a breadth of disciplines including urban and regional planning, agriculture, public health and policy, land management, social work, information management and business marketing. Practising geospatial science involves collecting, managing, analysing and disseminating geospatial data. 

Follow your interests

Many of our students have a degree in social or physical sciences but little or no previous knowledge of geospatial science. Through our programme you’ll receive a solid education in the fundamentals of geospatial science at a postgraduate level, with courses in geographic information systems (GIS), geoinformatics, Python programming for GIS, remote sensing, and geospatial analytics. With one core course and a choice of electives, you have the opportunity to select a programme of study suited to your needs. The programme structure also offers you the flexibility to integrate geospatial science with an outside interest through a one-semester research report course.

Take your study to the next level

The role of geospatial science in research is firmly established and is expected to grow as more academic disciplines adopt geospatial science methods to address important research questions of the 21st century. You may be able to take your interest to master’s level.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in social or physical sciences
  • Want to develop technical skills to boost your career
  • Are interested in land and natural resource issues
  • Want to combine study with work


Great job opportunities

New Zealand has a shortage of workers with knowledge and skills in geospatial science, so completing this programme offers great job opportunities. The geospatial industry is particularly well established in New Zealand’s government sector. However, as a rapidly growing discipline based on new and evolving technologies, there’s significant potential for entrepreneurship and innovation, and an increasing number of people work in the private sector or are self-employed.

A wide range of careers

You can combine your Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Geospatial Science) with knowledge gained from your work experience, or with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, to open up a wide range of career opportunities, including:

  • Geospatial analytics
  • Conservation management
  • Urban and environmental planning
  • Energy development
  • Natural resource management
  • Public policy and community service
  • Public health
  • International development
  • Business and market research
  • Information management
  • Teaching and training
  • Tourism

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