The academic programme shall be referred to as Professional Masters (PM) in Cartography and Geospatial Techniques and shall be offered in three (3) semesters. The programme is hosted in the Department of Cartography

The Available Options/Specialization;

  • Land administration
  • Cartography and Geovisualisation
  • Topographic mapping
  • Thematic mapping
  • Atlas cartography
  • Marine cartography
  • Web Cartography
  • Map revision
  • etc.

Programme Philosophy

The Professional Master Degree programme in Cartography and Geospatial Techniques is designed to train highly skilled manpower in the techniques and technology of geospatial information.  The Programme is designed to extend the geoinformation skills to professionals in academic, public services and the private sectors.


The objectives of the Professional Master (PM) Course are to achieve competences in:

  • the production of graduates with high technical knowledge in Cartography and its applications 
  •  the use of integrated geo-information production technology (data acquisition, information extraction, information presentation, databases and spatial information systems);
  •  the operational management of geo-information production systems (design,planning, execution and quality control );
  • the application of geo-information science to diverse areas such as environment, agriculture and forestry, natural resources, etc.

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, especially in Cartography, is very critical to Africa’s developments.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Professional Masters (PM) programme, applicants
should have:

  • a good honours Degree from a recognised university or institution in cognate disciplines such as Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law   
  • RECTAS’s Technologist Diploma with very good grade (i.e 60% average) or Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of Upper credit  in cognate disciplines such as Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.  
  •  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, and the duration is 3 Semesters (12 months).

Graduation Requirements

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

  • a minimum of 50 % pass in all courses and satisfactory pass in General study courses;
  • must have accumulated at least 45 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

Course Outline

Professional Masters in Cartography and Geospatial Techniques

Course Codes Course Title
1st Semester (1st September – 31st January)
PRS 611 Principles of Remote sensing
GIS 611 Principles of Geographic Information
GIS 612 Principles of Spatial Databases
CAR 611 Principles Cartography
GIS 613 Geo-Statistics
GIS 614 Software System and Applications
CAR 612 Cadastral Cartography

2nd Semester
PRS 621 Digital Image Processing
GIS 622 Research Methodology
PRS 622 Data Acquisition for Mapping
CAR 621 Digital cartographic Production
GIS 623 Geodata Analysis and modelling
CAR 622 Topographic and Thematic mapping
PRS 624 Final Project