Geographical Information Systems and Science

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


Geographic 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 Architecture, Biology, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Information Management and Statistics.

Undergraduate information

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

Geographic Information Science is taught in depth in:

  1. GEOG 215 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Science
  2. GEOG 315 - Advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 

You can get an introduction to the area in 100-level courses such as GEOG/ESCI 111.

Postgraduate information

We provide Postgraduate Diploma and Master's programmes in Geographic Information Science in collaboration with the University of Canterbury and Auckland University of Technology.

For more information or to apply for the MGIS and PGDipGIS programmes visit

For an introduction to GIS at a postgraduate level consider GEOG 415.


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


How to find out more

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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: +64 4 463 6431

School Administrator
+64 4 463 5337

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