The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
Mode of delivery



1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

Program code: 40273

Study Spatial Science

Due to a rapid growth in the spatial science sector, there is increasing demand for employees with skills in managing and analysing location-based data to solve local through to global scale problems.

A Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science from the University of Newcastle will equip you with the practical and critical problem-solving skills necessary for understanding and applying Spatial Science technologies.

Why study with us?

  • Expand your career opportunities – designed for those without an engineering and/or advanced mathematical background, you can apply the practical skills and knowledge that you gain during your studies to up-skill or change your career path.
  • Flexible study options – the courses in this program are delivered fully online to encourage active learning and allow you to achieve your Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science at a time that suits you.
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What you will study

You will learn about the theory of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) spatial analysis, data acquisition and data management. You will become competent in specialised GIS and RS software and gain practical skills by collecting unique data sets using drones and accessing online global earth data products.

Courses you may study include:

  • Advanced Spatial Science
  • Advanced Remote Sensing Data and Applications
  • Environmental Management
  • Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
  • Sustainability and Ecosystem Health

Career opportunities

Graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to a wide range of careers in government, private companies, and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Possible career opportunities include:

  • Spatial scientist
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Environmental scientist

Practical experience

Practical experience

You will undertake simulated consulting projects whereby you will work together or individually to solve problems in the spatial sciences (eg. the causes of a major bushfire). You will be trained in GIS software and analysis methods which are highly sought after by industry, and will write a scientific report that follows consulting standards. You will also be exposed to real world applications of the skills you gain throughout your studies.