Spatial science underscores almost every aspect of modern life. Due to rapid growth of easily accessible high-quality spatial data, there is increasing demand for employees with skills in managing and analysing location based data in order to solve local through to global scale problems. In this program you will have access to specialised GIS software, learn how to collect unique data sets using drones, access online global earth data and apply spatial analysis techniques to a wide range of environmental and social problems. By the time you finish your studies, you will have the practical skills to make a meaningful difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face.
Please note: For students admitted from a different discipline area (known as a non-cognate background) who do not meet the requisite to enrol in the core courses, you will need to be enrolled in directed course GEOS6161 (available in Trimester 1) before attempting the core courses. 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.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Specialist knowledge in computational techniques for acquiring, analysing and interpreting spatial data sets.
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills applied to the field of spatial science.
- Critically evaluated literature and other information sources relevant to spatial science fields.
- Independently planned, implemented, interpreted, analysed and evaluated problems within the environmental and spatial science fields.
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Level 8 Graduate Diploma
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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.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
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.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.
Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 80 units, comprised of the following:
- 20 units of core courses
- 30 units of Group A directed courses
- 30 units of Group B directed courses
Please note: Students who do not meet the requisite to enrol in the core courses must complete GEOS6161 as one of their Group A directed courses in order to enrol in the core courses.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses. Please note that GEOS6250 and GEOS6350 both have a requisite that students must meet before they can enrol.
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|GEOS6250||Advanced Spatial Science||10 units|
|GEOS6350||Advanced Remote Sensing Data and Applications||10 units|
Group A Directed Courses
Complete 30 units from the following directed courses. Students who do not meet the requisite to enrol in the core courses must complete GEOS6161 as one of their Group A directed courses.
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|ENVS6525||Sustainability and Ecosystem Health||10 units|
|ENVS6530||Environmental Management||10 units|
|ENVS6545||Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy||10 units|
|GEOG6080||Cities and Regions||10 units|
|GEOG6090||Society and Space||10 units|
|GEOG6130||Geographies of Development||10 units|
|GEOS6161||Spatial Science||10 units|
Group B Directed Courses
Choose 30 units from the following directed courses.
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|SURV4730||Town Planning||10 units|
|ARBE6609||Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda||10 units|
|ENVS6001||Biodiversity, Conservation Science and Management||10 units|
|ENVS6500||Business and the Natural Environment||10 units|
|ENVS6555||Applied Natural Resource Management||10 units|
|STAT6001||Data Wrangling and Visualisation||10 units|
|STAT6020||Predictive Analytics||10 units|
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.
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