What will I learn?

Analyse geographic data to gain a better understanding of our physical environment and human populations. Gain skills that are in high demand in New Zealand and around the world.

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.

Solve spatial problems

Explore, store, manipulate, and analyse spatial and geographic data using computer-based systems. Create new ways to visually interpret and present this information—on maps and map layers, using smartphones and mobile devices as data viewers, and even through interactive infographics.

You’ll investigate the ideas behind the creation of these systems and think about the way we can conceptualise and solve spatial problems in fields as diverse as disaster management, conservation monitoring, and archaeology.

Careers

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.

Programme requirements

For this subject you'll need to:

Complete 60 points from the following courses:

Geographic Computing (GISC 420)

Geographic Information Science: Applications and Impact (GISC 421)

Two courses from GISC 422-424

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,321.00 (US$ 13,867) per year
NZ $20,321 for the full programme

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022

Venue

Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,

WELLINGTON,

Kelburn,

6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need the equivalent of a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree from a recognised institution with at least a B average. A background in a particular subject area may be required or recommended. IELTS (Academic): Overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0| TOEFL (iBT): A score of 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing | Pearson Test of English (Academic): A score of 58 with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50 | C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP): A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4.

For international students

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

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP) test; Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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