welcome to the masters in gis

The Masters in Geographic Information Science (MGIS) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (PGDipGIS) at the University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is a programme designed not only to equip students with strong technical skills in a range of different software environments, but also to ensure students gain a solid foundation in GIS theory, knowledge and applications. These skills will allow graduates to work within, critique and build beyond any existing GIS system. The MGIS and PGDipGIS are excellent opportunities to move into an exciting and fast-growing field.

MGIS cohort 2012


GISc, Geographic Information Science, is the science that underlies Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use. There are a large variety of scholarships and prizes available for students planning to study at the University of Canterbury. There is currently a shortage of qualified GIS specialists in New Zealand and more widely.


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MGIS fieldtrip in the Southern Alps

Feb 2017

Another year, another successful MGIS fieldtrip. This year's trip moved to the CASS field station in the Southern Alps and saw students from all three universities get to grips with the new location and their GIS studies. More...

MGIS students present at Geocart

Sept 2016

At the recent biennial Geocart conference in Wellington, Emir Hartato and Andrew Douglas-Clifford presented on their MGIS theses. Both MGIS students are working on VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information) research projects. More...

MGIS student reimagines New Zealand Highways

May 2016

Inspired by underground maps of London and other cities in Europe, Andrew Douglas-Clifford, a current MGIS thesis student created a new New Zealand highways map. His cartographic efforts have been featured in the New Zealand Herald, on Checkpoint with John Campbell and on stuff (New Zealand's news website). Andrew originally created a route map for the South Island and after a few requests made one for the North Island too. Looking to get your own copy? He also has them for sale here.

Congrats to MGIS Spatial Excellence Award winners

November 2015

Congratulations to Dr Mairead de Roiste, Richard Law and Hamish Kingsbury for their recent wins at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards.More...

MGIS students awarded ESRI Young Scholar Prize

First VUW MGIS student graduates

14 May 2015

Victoria University’s first ever Master of Geographic Information Science (GIS) was capped at yesterday’s graduation ceremony. Andrew Clouston, Geospatial Team Manager at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), was the first graduate since the programme’s inception at VUW in 2012. More...

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