Department of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Geospatial Information Production and Management

The academic programme shall be referred to as Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Geospatial Information Production and Management and shall be offered in twelve (12) months. The programme is hosted in the Department of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Programme Philosophy

The PGD programme in Geospatial Information Production and Management is designed to train highly skilled manpower in the techniques and technology of geospatial information.  The Programme is academic oriented.

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Programme Objectives

The objectives of the PGD Course is to achieve competences in:

    1. the use of integrated geo-information production technology (data acquisition,
      information extraction, information presentation, databases and spatial information
    2. the operational management of geo-information production systems (design,
      planning, execution and quality control );
    3. the application of geo-information science to diverse areas such as environment, agriculture and forestry, natural resources, etc.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to contribute to the design and implementation of geo-information production systems and quality control systems in the following areas:

    1. design and use of integrated geo-information production systems for selected
    2. analysis of information requirements and definition of products/services and system specifications;
    3. evaluation of data sources, production systems and products/services performances;
    4. identification of production constraints; and
    5. design and implementation of quality assurance/control systems.

Justification for the Programme

The fields of Geoinformation science and technologies are rapidly expanding and embrace many sectors of the economy including science, arts and humanities. The users of geoinformation products are also expanding and cover all fields of specialization.

Proper understanding of the availability and distribution of resources can be achieved through Geoinformation science and technology thus enhancing the exploitation of these resources for the economic benefit of the Africa’s citizens.

On the other hand, natural and man-induced disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and tsunamis have been known to wreak havoc on human habitation, particularly in Africa where there is paucity of knowledge in strategies for their management. Therefore, an understanding of such occurrences and their spatial distribution will enable their proper.

Therefore, developing skills in Geoinformation technologies and production and management is very critical to Africa’s developments.

The Available Options/Specialization are:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Cartography and Geovisualisation

With various areas of applications such as

  • Environmental management
  • Urban management and land information system
  • Security and Disaster Management
  • Tourism and Recreation Planning
  • Health and disease surveillance
  • Others

Course Outline

Course Code Course Title Contact Hours Credit Units Total
Lecture Tutorial Practical
PRS 611 Principles of Remote sensing 2 3 3 5
GIS 611 Principles of Geographic Information Science 2 3 3 5
GIS 612 Principles of Spatial Databases 2 3 3 5
CAR 611 Principles  of Cartography 2 3 3 5
GIS 613 Geo-Statistics 2 3 3 5
PRS 612 Principles of Photogrammetry 2 3 3 5
PRS 613 Introduction to programming 2 3 3 5
LGS 611 Use of English /  Use of French 2 3 3 5
Total 21
Course Code Course Title Contact Hours Credit Units Total
Lecture Tutorial Practical
PRS 621 Digital Image Processing 2 3 3 5
GIS 621 Software System and Applications 2 3 3 5
GIS 622 Research Methodology & Data Acquisition for Mapping 2 3 3 5
CAR 621 Digital cartographic Production 2 3 3 5
CAR 622 Topographic and thematic mapping 2 3 3 5
GIS 623 Geodata Analysis and modeling 2 3 3 5
PRS 623 Introduction to Geodesy 2 3 3 5
PRS 624 Final Research Project 6 5
Elective Courses 6
Total 27

To be eligible for admission into the PGD programme, applicants should have:

  1. a good honors Degree from a recognized university or institution in cognate disciplines such       as Engineering, Geo-sciences,  Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law
  2.  RECTAS’s Technologist Diploma with very good grade (i.e 70 % average) or Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of Upper credit  in cognate disciplines such as Engineering, Geo-sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.
  3. In addition, candidates are expected to posses 5 credits passes at GCE/OL or equivalent  including English Language and Mathematics.

Programme Duration

 The programme is Full Time, of the duration is 12 months.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the award of PGD degree, students must have:

  • a minimum of 50 % pass in all courses and satisfactory pass in General study courses;
  • must have accumulated at least 48 course units;
  • successfully passed two seminars;
  • successfully completed and defended a research project in an oral examination
  • fulfilled all other conditions as prescribed by the Academic Board


Candidates must submit duly completed application forms to the Centre not later than the 30th of May of the intended year of study for courses beginning in October of Every year

Successful applicants should report at the centre with the following documents:

  • Certificate of medical fitness from a recognized Public health Institution;
  • Statement of support by candidate’s financial sponsor/Employer (where applicable)
  • 2 passport-size photographs of the candidate; and
  • Photocopies of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other credentials including transcript of academic records, original copy of which shall be presented on arrival at the Centre.

Private Candidates or Candidates Sponsored by Non-Member States

All private application forms (including non-residential courses), duly completed and signed by applicants, should be returned directly to the Executive Director of the Centre.

Candidates Sponsored by Member States

In order to be eligible for AFRIGIST fellowship a prospective candidate is encouraged to obtain nomination from his/her country’s Respective member in AFRIGIST Governing Council (Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal). Fellowship covers tuition accommodation, feeding stipend and other allowances.

Candidates can also seek support, scholarships and fellowships from national and international organisations such as State Governments and Departments, Ministries and agencies, Educational Trust Fund (ETF), Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF), Shell or other oil companies, UNDP, DFID, IFRA, UNESCO, Ford Foundation, etc.