Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science
Map the start of your geospatial niche
Solidify your niche in spatial science. Finish studying at certificate level to fill spatial science gaps in government or private organisations. Keep studying towards a diploma for a fully-fledged career in geospatial modelling or cartography.
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What you'll learn
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.
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:
- Spatial scientist
- Remote sensing analyst
- Environmental scientist
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, OR
- An AQF Level 5 Diploma in a cognate area (such as geography, environmental science, earth science, civil engineering, surveying, or environmental engineering) plus a minimum of two years relevant experience.
English Proficiency Requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.
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.
Credit for previous study or work
If you have additional qualifications or experience above what is required for admission, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means you can complete your degree faster with less courses to complete. Different pathways are outlined on each degree page.
A Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science from the University of Newcastle will equip you with the practical and critical problem-solving skills necessary for understanding and applying Spatial Science technologies.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 40 units, comprised of the following:
- 20 units of core courses
- 20 units of directed courses
- Advanced Spatial Science
- Advanced Remote Sensing Data and Applications
- Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
- Environmental Management
- Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
- Cities and Regions
- Society and Space
- Geographies of Development
- Spatial Science
- Data Wrangling and Visualisation
- Predictive Analytics