Graduate Diploma in Spatial Science
Become a geospatial expert
Develop advanced skills to track bushfire spread, contribute to precision agriculture (using data for greater harvests), slow climate change and more. Learn to acquire, analyse and interpret spatial data so that you can solve real challenges.
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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:
- Geospatial modeller
- Spatial scientist
- Remote sensing analyst
- Environmental scientist
- Project manager
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.
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.
From tracking bushfire spread, to precision agriculture and climate change, as a Spatial Scientist you could be part of one of Australia’s most rapidly advancing industries. This degree will provide you with the practical skills needed to contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face and make a meaningful difference in the world.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
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
- Advanced Spatial Science
- Advanced Remote Sensing Data and Applications
Group A Directed Courses:
- Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
- Environmental Management
- Impact Assessment and Climate Change Policy
- Cities and Regions
- Society and Space
- Geographies of Development
- Spatial Science
Group B Directed Courses:
- Town Planning
- Theory and Practice of Disaster Risk Reduction
- Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda
- Biodiversity, Conservation Science and Management
- Business and the Natural Environment
- Applied Natural Resource Management
- Data Wrangling and Visualisation
- Predictive Analytics
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.