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Master of Science (Geospatial Science)

MSc(Curtin) - MC-GEOSPA Science and Engineering
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Online - find out more
Study mode On-campus, online and mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full time

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.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • 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
  • 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.

Additional requirements

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

English language proficiency

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

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


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.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - 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 first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. 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.

Professional recognition

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

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. Recognition of prior learning is not normally granted for optional units which are intended to provide students with a broader and deeper insight into the knowledge, skills and applications of geographic information science.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

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.

More information about Geographic and Geospatial Information Science