The School of Surveying supports a number of postgraduate degree programmes, all of which are listed below.
All students should have a confirmed supervisor before applying for postgraduate courses.
- Visit the Our People section to find a suitable supervisor for your research topic.
- Find out more information on suggested research topics and ideas for postgraduate students.
- Find out more about student research in the Department of Surveying.
- View our postgraduate student profiles.
Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
This is a one year course which is specifically designed for the mature student who wishes either to up-skill in a particular discipline or to move into a different avenue of study. Provided that the programme of study has the appropriate number of 200-level and 300-level points and can be demonstrated to be cohesive, then it is entirely flexible and can be tailored to the needs of the student. To gain entry, a candidate may have either a first degree or appropriate technical qualification and experience. A candidate who excels in his/her programme of study may be admitted directly to a Postgraduate Diploma of Science or Applied Science.
Postgraduate Diploma of Science (PGDipSci), Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Science (PGDipAppSc)
This is a one year course consisting of graduate level papers and a research project. While the School offers a PGDipSci program in Surveying and a PGDipAppSc program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the course of study is flexible and can be tailored to the needs and interests of a particular student. This is an excellent program for either a BSc or a BSurv student wanting to specialise on a particular subject by undertaking a single year of postgraduate study. Entry into such a program is restricted to those students who have an appropriate undergraduate (or equivalent) degree.
Masters Degrees (MSc, MSurv or MAppSc)
The School offers a Master of Science degree, a Master of Applied Science in GIS degree and a Master of Surveying degree, entry to the latter being restricted to those students who have a four year undergraduate Surveying degree (or its equivalent). The MSurv is generally a two year programme open to those candidates who have obtained a degree in Surveying. The papers taken in Year One of the programme are identical to those taken by PGDipSci students with progression to the second (thesis) year being normally restricted to those students who obtain a B+ average (or better) in Year 1. A student who obtains a BSurv with distinction, a BSurv (Hons) 1st class, or equivalent qualification, may be admitted directly to the thesis year of the degree.
The Master of Applied Science in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a coursework masters' degree. The primary focus of the MAppSc GIS is to give you the geospatial and analytical skills required to conduct socially and physically relevant research and be part of the key growth industries of the 21st Century, with application to business, government and the built and natural environment. When you learn to think and work in four dimensions, you become part of the solution to problems that span many orders of magnitude, from your home town to the world.
Key information about the degree:
- 15 month duration
- Seven taught papers + either a project or a work placement
- Applicants normally require a B+ average (at 300 level) in an appropriate undergraduate degree
- Applicants with relevant practical experience may also be considered
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This degree is open to those who hold either a bachelor's degree with first class or upper second class honours, or a master's degree, or who have appropriate research experience. It consists of an original research project embodied in a thesis on a topic of personal choice. It requires a minimum period of two and a half years full time study or four years part time.
The University of Otago offers a wide range of postgraduate scholarships.
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