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Digital Mapping & GIS (Springboard)

Certificate in Digital Mapping and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) (Springboard)

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Discipline: Computer Science and Applied Physics

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply through

Entry Requirements: The minimum entry requirement is a level 7 major award or equivalent in a cognate area; computing, geography, geology, engineering, ecology, environmental science, epidemiology, heritage, history, outdoor education, surveying or other related discipline

Credits: 25

Places: 24


Free to unemployed applicants. €250 for employed applicants

For full eligibility criteria see

Why Study?

The goal of this programme is to provide an opportunity for recent graduates and employees from a range of diverse sectors (listed below) to develop their skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping.

  • Engineers
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Geoscientists
  • Data Scientists
  • Archaeologists
  • Marine Biologists
  • Surveyors
  • Town Planners
  • Agri-Scientists
  • Transportation Planners

This programme is about the “science of where”. 

The advent of location-based technologies, the Open Data movement and free and open source software (FOSS) are opening-up new opportunities and enhancing decision-making capabilities in SMEs, semi-state and government agencies, from national to local level.

This course aims to provide training in geospatial skills to support these sectors.


Open for applications on  Start date i January 2022.



Programme Modules

  • Data Capture and Manipulation - download module details here (PDF)
  • Geographical Information Systems 1 - download module details here (PDF)
  • Geographical Information Systems 2 - download module details here (PDF)
  • Web Mapping - download module details here (PDF)
  • The Next Step - Transitioning to Work - download module details here (PDF)


Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this programme the learner will/should be able to:

1. Describe the theoretical and technical concepts pertaining to digital mapping and Geographical Information Systems.

2. Have detailed knowledge and understanding and of GIS within desktop, field and web-based contexts.

3. Demonstrate a range of specialised technical skills and abilities in collating, manipulating and disseminating spatial data

4. Apply their knowledge to developing strategies for managing data needs appropriate to GIS.

5. Utilise their knowledge and skills to develop strategies for spatial data handling across desktop, field and internet platforms.

6. Contribute constructively to problem solving within the context of spatial data systems utilisation.

7. Research new technologies and software tools within the context of GIS.

8. Learn from experiences gained from different contexts. 9. Take responsibility for his/her own learning. 10. Maintain integrity and independence in professional judgement.


Essential Information: 

Application Process:

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One year over two semesters.



 Fee for employed participants is €250.

Free for unemployed/returners. For full list please see




Contact Us

Head of Department:     Dr. Deirdre Garvey

Programme Chair(s):     Emer Crean and Pearse McDonnell

Contact person for admissions

Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway City

+353 (0)85 805 3691  09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday



Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2017-2021