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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.

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.

Find out more about the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad).

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.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipSci or PGDipAppSc).

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.

15 Month Coursework Masters' Degrees

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

Find out more about the Masters Degrees (MSc, MSurv and MAppSc).

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.

Find out more about the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Further information

Postgraduate scholarships

The University of Otago offers a wide range of postgraduate scholarships.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships.


For any postgraduate enquiries please contact:

Dr. Tony Moore
Deputy Head of School for Research and Postgraduate Studies
Rm 128, 310 Castle Street
Ph +64 3 479 7589+64 3 479 7589

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