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Spatial Information Management

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

This part-time programme, delivered over 2 years (4 semesters), provides an opportunity for professionals who use spatial information in their organizations to improve their knowledge and skills for a range of careers in the Surveying and Geo-Information (GI) sectors in Ireland and abroad.

The need for competitiveness and efficiency in both the private and public sectors has resulted in a growing awareness of the role of spatial information and GIS technologies in support of the decision making process.This, together with the development of the Irish Spatial Data Infrastructure within the context of the Information Society in Ireland, has highlighted the demand for professionals with particular qualifications and enhanced skills in the understanding, use and management of spatial information.

The programme is presented within the new School of Spatial Planning in the Faculty of the Built Environment in DIT. A total intake of 20 students is anticipated from different disciplines and backgrounds, all with experience in the use of spatial information.

Who Should Apply?:
Applications are expected from practitioners in :

- The GI research community:
- Government departments, State agencies, local authorities and utilities responsible for acquiring spatial data, managing GI, preparing GI strategies for their departments/ agencies, and using GI in the production and delivery of their services;
- Software and hardware system suppliers and developers;
- Private sector spatial data and GI providers
- Private sector GI service providers (including those who undertake data audits, data cleansing, data formatting, etc.)
- Professionals from related disciplines (geographers, geologists, engineers, and IT specialists) who wish to enhance their GI skills.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the programme, students should have a minimum of a 2.2 in an bachelor degree (level 8 NQAI) or equivalent.

Applications will also be considered from candidates who do not have the minimum academic requirements set out above but who do have significant relevant industry experience. In this situation candidates must have:

- At least 5 years relevant experience in a management capacity, and

- Have a qualification in a related discipline of at least equivalent to NQAI level 7, or other relevant qualification as accepted by the DIT Admissions and Exemptions Committee.

- Such applicants may also be requested to submit a portfolio of their work to facilitate the evaluation of their application.

Selection will be made, following interview, using the following criteria.

- Academic and or professional qualifications
- Relevant professional employment experience
- Evidence at interview of (a) a commitment to a career in spatial information management; (b) an interest in , and critical awareness of, the role of GI in society; and (c) evidence of interest in postgraduate spatial information research.


Part Time - 2 Years (4 semesters).

The programme is presented on a part-time basis through a four semester cycle and will require 2 years to complete. During semesters one to four (each approximately 12 weeks long), attendance will be required for one day per week. Written examinations will be held at the end of each semester, normally in January and May. During the fifth semester students will work primarily on their dissertation.

Attendance will be required for one evening (Thursday) and one full day (Friday) per week during the academic semesters where there will be a varied and flexible delivery of the programme including lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, project work, e-learning, problem-based learning, guest lectures, seminars, site visits, etc.

Because students will be experienced practicing professionals from different disciplines, the programme provides scope for a considerable degree of inter-disciplinary learning and evaluation of experience both within the student group as well as between lecturers and students. Students are expected to actively contribute to this interactive process.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities:
The programme is accredited by the Irish Institution of Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator:
Dr Paddy Prendergast
Department of Spatial Information Sciences
School of Spatial Planning
Faculty of Built Environment
DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

T: 01 402 3838

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Year 1:
Semester 1: Spatial Data Acquisition 1 (GNSS & Coordinate Reference Systems), Geographic Information Science 1, Project Management and Spatial Data Acquisition 2 (Remote Sensing Technologies)

Semester 2: Geographic Information Science 2, Geographic Information Management 1 (Legal & Quality Issues), Spatial Databases and Spatial Data Infrastructures

Year 2:
Semester 3: Geographic Information Management 1 (Organisational GI Strategies & FME), Case Studies in GI Applications, e-Government Service Provision, and Research Studies

Semester 4: Masters dissertation


School of Spatial Planning, Faculty of the Built Environment, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

A Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Information Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology will be awarded to participants who successfully pass all assessments during semesters one to four. An MSc in Spatial Information Management of the Dublin Institute of Technology will be awarded to participants who also successfully pass the dissertation during semester five.

**The programme is accredited by the Irish Institution of Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Assessment method

The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: project work; group work, assignments, and presentations. In addition, students will be expected to complete a dissertation.

Students can progress from one academic year to the next provided all assessments in the pre-requisite modules have been passed. Progression to semester 4 to complete the masters dissertation requires a grade point average of >50% in all 12 modules and a score of 40% or above in the research studies module.

The programme is accredited by the Irish Institution of Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Application date

Closing Date: The general closing date is 27th April 2019. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2019

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