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Masters in Geographic Information Science (GIS)


Course Description

Overview
The MGIS is the only degree of its kind in New Zealand offering specialist subjects and research. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to Geographic Information Science, including taught courses and supervised research.
Graduates will have advanced knowledge in the field, with the ability to carry out original research and plan, execute and present the findings of applied GIS projects. They will be qualified to work as GIS professionals in research, government and industry.

Qualification specific requirements
Candidates wishing to enrol in the Master of Geographic Information Science must have either:
*Qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (PGDipGIS), or an equivalent postgraduate qualification, normally with a B average or better; or
*Qualified for a bachelor's degree in a New Zealand University which is of relevance to the proposed course of study, normally with a B average or higher; and
*Presented evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

and either:
*Completed at least two undergraduate courses in GIS, at least one of which should be at 300-level or higher, as approved by the Programme Director of GIS; or
*Have significant relevant work experience to serve as adequate preparation for the MGIS, as approved by the Programme Director of GIS.

Qualification structure and duration
The Master of Geographic Information Science consists of Part 1 and Part 2. A candidate admitted to the programme shall complete both Parts.
A minimum of 120 points must be completed successfully for each part, totalling a minimum of 240 points.
A candidate who is admitted with the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information will complete the MGIS Part 2 by Thesis only (120 points).

Part 1
The Master of Geographic Information Science consists of four compulsory courses:
GISC401 Foundations of Geographic Information Science
GISC402 Geographic Information Science Research
GISC403 Cartography and Geovisualisation
GISC404 Geospatial Analysis

Plus from Group A, at least one of the following courses:
GISC405 GIS Programming and Databases
GISC406 Remote Sensing for Earth Observation

Plus from Group B, at least one of the following courses:
GISC410 GIS 2.0 (offered by the University of Victoria)
GISC411 GIS in Health
GISC412 Spatial Algorithms and Programming
GISC413 Special Topic: Geomatic Data Acquisition Techniques
GISC415 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internships
GISC416 Special Topic

And any two other 400-level courses (to a maximum of 0.25 EFTS) as approved by the Programme Director of GIS and listed in the UC Calendar.

Part 2
GISC690 GIS Masters Thesis

Duration
Two years full-time or equivalent part-time.
Part ll (thesis) only: one to two years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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 qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

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