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Units in first semester 2021 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

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Master of Science (Geospatial Science)

Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Geospatial Science)
2 years full-time


We offer a variety of postgraduate courses in geographic information science; some catering to the needs of practising professionals, and others meeting the needs of those wishing to enter the field for the first time.

Geospatial Science

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • 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.

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

Admission criteria

  • 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 outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: MC-GEOSPA
  • CRICOS code: 056083G
  • Last updated on: February 12, 2021