Geographical Information Systems and Science

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.

Overview

Geographical Information Science (GIS) involves computer-based systems which allow you to explore, store and manipulate data that has a spatial or geographic component. GIS relates to the concepts behind the creation of these systems and the conceptualisation of spatial problems.

GIS can be used effectively in research and is in high demand in the public and private sector. It is currently used in many areas such as crime mapping, disaster management, marketing, healthcare access, conservation monitoring and archaeology.

The key ideas of GIS are the storage and spatial and non-spatial analysis of large amounts of geographic information, as well as the visual interpretation and presentation of that information in a manner that makes sense to us - most commonly in maps.

GIS is a valuable resource for Geography and can also complement courses taken in Biology, Statistics, Architecture, Earth Sciences, Computer Science and Information Management.

GIS can be studied in a Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in Geography.

Undergraduate information

Geographic Information Science is taught in depth in:

You can get a quick introduction to the area in 100-level courses such as GEOG/ESCI 111: The Earth System: An Introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences and in the postgraduate research methods paper, GEOG/PHYG/ESCI 580: Research Preparation.

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate courses are available in GIS at an introductory level PHYG 415 and at a more advanced level as part of the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science programmes.

Research

Postgraduate research opportunities are also available and students interested should contact the Programme Director, Mairead de Roiste.

We also provide a postgraduate Master of Geographic Information Science in collaboration with the University of Canterbury.  Please see www.mgis.ac.nz for further information on the constituent courses.

 

How to find out more

Application for the MGIS/PGDipGIS programme is in two stages:

  1. Apply for the programme at www.mgis.ac.nz
  2. Once accepted to the programme, you apply to either Victoria University in Wellington or the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office  offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Geography courses are taught within the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Cotton Building, blocks A and B.

Mairead de Roiste
Programme Director, GIS
Phone: 04 463 6431
Email: mairead.deroiste@vuw.ac.nz

School Administrator
Phone:
04 463 5337
Email: geo-enquiries@vuw.ac.nz

List of courses

Please note: the list of courses displays postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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