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Spatial Information Management / Bainistíocht Faisnéise Spásúlachta

Course Title: Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Information Management

In order to be admitted to the course, students should have a minimum of a 2.2 in an honours 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.

Please note due to the great demand for our courses 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 course, 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 implementation of the EU INSPIRE Directive and 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 course is presented within the new School of Spatial Planning in the College of Engineering and Built Environment in Bolton Street. A maximum intake of 20 students is planned from different disciplines and backgrounds, all with experience in the use of spatial information.

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

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.

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

Year 1:

Semester 1:

  • Spatial Data Acquisition 1 (GNSS & Coordinate Reference Systems)
  • Geographic Information Science 1
  • Project Management 
  • Spatial Data Acquisition 2 (Remote Sensing Technologies)

Semester 2:

  • Geographic Information Science 2
  • Geographic Information Management 1 (Legal & Quality Issues)
  • Spatial Databases 
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures

Year 2:

Semester 3:

  • Geographic Information Management 1 (Organisational GI Strategies & FME)
  • Case Studies in GI Applications
  • e-Government Service Provision
  • Research Studies

Semester 4:

  • Masters dissertation

Course Delivery

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 course 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.

The course 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.

Applications for this course are now open. Apply Online Now

Can I undertake individual modules?

Yes. Applications will be considered prior to the beginning of each Semester and places will be allocated space permitting.

Is it possible to complete the course on a full-time basis?

Not at present. The course currently runs on a part-time basis only, however depending on demand, the School will consider developing the programme for delivery both on a full-time and a part-time basis.

TU Code



Level 9


Postgraduate Diploma


2 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2023


City Centre: Bolton Street


€2,535 - Years 1 & 2
€1,335 - Year 3

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