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COURSE

Master of Science (Geospatial Science)

MC-GEOSPA

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.

2years

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.

400

About offering

In your first year you will undertake a range of coursework units to gain knowledge and skills in the foundation and applications of GIScience.

In your second year you will learn to effectively conduct and manage research before completing your own significant research project. Upon graduation, you are eligible for membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI). This course offers the flexibility and convenience of studying on-campus, fully online or both.

Geospatial Science

What you'll learn

  • apply the principles of geospatial technology and information to applications in the geospatial sciences
  • critically analyse spatial issues and solutions for geospatial information applications
  • locate, extract and critically appraise relevant evidence and scientific literature
  • relate the issues and solutions for geospatial information problems in the scientific community using effective written communication
  • use geospatial technologies to effectively collect, analyse and present information
  • demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
  • recognise the global nature of managing geospatial technologies and information
  • appreciate how cultural understandings and perceptions impact on geospatial applications
  • apply an ethical approach consistent with the geospatial sciences professional community to applying geospatial technologies and analysing geospatial information

Why study Master of Science (Geospatial 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 pursue careers in geographic information science and the broader spatial science field. There is strong demand for geographical information science graduates in an increasingly diverse range of industry and government sectors.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

  • A recognised bachelor degree in applied science, cartography, engineering, geographic information science or surveying, or in a relevant field such as agricultural or biological science, environmental science, geography or planning. You should also have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first-year university level, OR
  • A graduate certificate or diploma in geographic information science. Applicants via this pathway may be eligible for credit for recognised learning.

You should also have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first-year university level. International students may need to substitute a communication unit for one of the specialist optional units, subject to an English communication diagnostic test.

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

Essential course prerequisites

You must have a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution.

This qualification would normally be in applied science, cartography, engineering, geographic information science or surveying, or in a relevant field such as agricultural or biological science, environmental science, geography or planning. Applicants should also have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first-year university level. International students may need to substitute a communication unit for one of the specialist optional units, subject to an English communication diagnostic test.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The geographic information stream is available both on and off-campus. The surveying and mapping stream is available on-campus with selected units available off-campus.

Some units may be offered in an intensive block format.

You must achieve an average of at least 60% across your first eight units to progress in this course.

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 ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au.

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 200 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 fees for 2019

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

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent per annum. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: MC-GEOSPA
  • CRICOS code: 056083G
  • This offering was last updated on: December 15, 2018