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COURSE

Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science

GD-GISC

TAUGHT BY: School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

200

About offering

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) professionals are valued by organisations looking to develop powerful location-based solutions to a range of environmental, business and development-related issues in various industries. Their specific knowledge in spatial analysis and skills in using geographic information systems (GIS) software can help to provide these solutions today and well into the future.

This one-year diploma is designed for graduates in a wide range of fields seeking to understand geospatial information, analysis, modelling and applications. Through the study of five core units plus three specialist options, you will gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of GIScience. The course offers the flexibility and convenience of studying on-campus, fully online or both.

What you'll learn

  • apply geographic information science concepts and research methodology to geospatial applications
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to collect and analyse spatial information
  • access, evaluate, reflect and synthesise spatial and related information from multiple sources
  • communicate in professional and scholarly ways appropriate to the discipline of geographic information science
  • select, use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to spatial information
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and proactive decision making
  • interpret and apply Australian and international best practice standards in geospatial methods and technologies
  • develop respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • employ ethical and professional behaviours, whilst working autonomously and with others

Why study Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science

  • Update your qualifications to reflect current industry trends.
  • These courses allow movement into new work areas.
  • Graduates experience excellent employment opportunities.
  • Take advantage of flexible course delivery, including the option of completing individual units or the whole course by online distance study.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).

Career information

Graduates are in high demand and find work in a diverse range of areas, including exploration and mining, oil and gas, environmental and resources management, agriculture, engineering, health sciences, urban and regional planning and transport.

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline.

We recommend that you have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first-year university level. Without this background, you may have to study preparatory units.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Course prerequisites

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Other requirements for this course

The course may be completed in one year full-time depending on unit availability. Full-time study for Semester 2 entry is not available. Contact the Course Coordinator if you require further information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

A degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary educational institution. The qualification may be in any discipline. Applicants are assumed to have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first year university level. Applicants without this background may be required to undertake appropriate preparatory units.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$26,700*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,200*
Total indicative course fee $37,200*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2

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How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

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  • Curtin course code: GD-GISC
  • CRICOS code: 007889G
  • This offering was last updated on: August 20, 2018