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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022),
Program Code40274

Study Spatial Science

From tracking bushfire spread, to precision agriculture and climate change, as a Spatial Scientist you could be part of one of Australia’s most rapidly advancing industries.

This degree will provide you with the practical skills needed to contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face and make a meaningful difference in the world.

Why study with us?

  • No.1 in Australia for overall satisfaction for postgraduate Agriculture and Environmental Studies graduates*
  • 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.
  • Learn specialised software and skills to apply to a broad range of environmental and social problems.
  • Flexible study options – the courses in this program are delivered fully online to encourage active learning an allow you to achieve your Graduate Diploma in Spatial Science at a time that suits you.

    * Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019
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No. 1 ? in Australia for full-time employment and median salary (Postgraduate Agriculture and Environmental Studies)
$120,000 ? median starting salary for postgraduate Agriculture and Environmental Studies graduates – above the national average

What you will study

Our Graduate Diploma in Spatial Science will provide you with access to and practical skills in specialised Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) software. You will learn how to process unique data sets from drones, access online global earth data and apply spatial analysis techniques to a broad range of environmental and social problems.

Courses you may study include:

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

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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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:

  • Geospatial modeller
  • Spatial scientist
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Project manager

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.

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Diploma in Spatial Science

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Admission to the program will be available for applicants who have:

  • An AQF level 7 Bachelor degree or higher tertiary qualification OR
  • An AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a cognate area (such as geography, environmental science, earth science, civil engineering, surveying, or environmental engineering) plus a minimum of one year relevant experience.

Please note: Students who commence in Trimester 1 or Semester 1 will take a minimum of 1 year to complete the program, dependent on their prior studies and enrolment patterns. Students who commence in Trimester 2, Semester 2, or Trimester 3 will take a minimum of 1.5 years to complete the program.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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