Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management

Postgraduate Degrees

Aim of the MSc. Programme

The goal of the MSc in Geoinformatics programme is to provide high-quality, professional graduate instructions in geoinformatics that lead to productive careers and lifelong learning. Geoinformatics is a nascent, multidisciplinary field in which graduates must be prepared to apply knowledge in new contexts, work cooperatively and communicate effectively.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with an MSc degree in Geoinformatics will be able to:

  • Explain the principles, theories, tools and techniques of geoinformatics.
  • Apply specialised knowledge of geoinformatics to a wide range of disciplines.
  • Use the skills required to work individually or as a member of a team.
  • Apply creative and critical thinking in solving applications in multidisciplinary areas using geoinformatics.
  • Formulate and effectively communicate professional opinions on topical issues.

In addition to the above, the graduate with an MSc in geoinformatics will be able to:

  • Develop research capabilities to contribute to the further academic and professional development of geoinformatics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MSc or the PGDip in Geoinformatics programmes should have one of the

  1. A Second Class Honours BSc degree in Geomatics Engineering and Land Management or a degree in a related area from a recognised institution.
  2. A Second Class Honours BSc degree in Engineering, Natural Science, Agriculture or
    Geography, which includes Mathematics and Computer Science at levels equivalent to the respective courses in (a).
  3. An equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty of Engineering.
  4. A PGDip in Geoinformatics (for MSc Geoinformatics only).

A graduate student in these programmes is also expected to have a strong mathematical/analytical background and ability to use specialised software applications within this context.

Application Procedure

The application instructions for the Masters in Geoinformatics can be found at:

Duration of Study

Duration of Study and Award of Degree

The programme is geared towards full-time study. It is expected that full-time students will complete the PGDip in 9 months and the MSc programme in 12 months.
Part-time is expected to take two (2) calendar years for the PGDip programme and two and a half (2 ½) calendar years for the MSc programme. Upon completion of all course requirements, a candidate will be awarded a PGDip in Geoinformatics. With the additional completion of the research thesis, a candidate will be awarded the master's degree in Geoinformatics.    

Core Courses

GINF 5010 Principles of Geoinformatics
GINF 6015 Extraction and Management of Information from Geo-images
GINF 6020 Spatial Databases
GINF 6021 GIS and Society
GINF 6022 Spatial Analysis and Modeling
GINF 6023 Enterprise GIS Design and Development
GINF 6024 Research Methodology
GINF 6006 Research Project (MSc Geoinformatics only)

Elective Courses  

COMP 6100 Computer Communications Network
COMP 6150 Distributed Computing    
GINF 6009 Applications of GIS in Natural Resource Management
ECNG 6613 Database Systems, Principles & Design
GINF 6010 Applications of GIS in Urban Development
GINF 6007 Issues and Application of Remote Sensing
GINF 6015 Independent Study in Geoinformatics
GINF 6025 Professional Internship (new)
PLAN 6011 Planning in the Coastal Zone
PLAN 6014 SIDS Resource Management
PLAN 6006 Sustainable Housing and Settlements Planning
PLAN 6007 Community and Participatory Planning
PLAN 6008 Tourism Planning
PLAN 6009 Transportation Planning

Career Opportunity

Graduates enjoy careers in a range of industries that deal with spatial information, private consultancy, as well as in the public sector.

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