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Bachelor of Surveying - BSurv(Curtin) - B-SURV Science and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus or on-campus
Intake February or July

You will need to complete a first aid course before graduating.

Duration 4 years full time

Course overview

Surveying is a highly-specialised, professional discipline which involves measuring the surface of the Earth and its features.

Surveyors use sophisticated technology and scientific principles to provide practical solutions and services to many areas of government and industry, such as land development, construction, resource development, mining and mapping. Surveyors have played a crucial role in the development of Australia since settlement, and will continue to do so.

In this course you can study specialist areas such as cadastral studies, geodesy, photogrammetry, surveying and land information systems, as well as related areas such as remote sensing, land development and planning, mine surveying, hydrographic surveying and geographic information systems.

This discipline has also moved into several high-tech areas including satellite positioning, laser scanning, airborne and marine navigation, digital mapping and remote sensing, specialised alignment surveying, analysis of structural deformations, and land and environmental management. Studying modern surveying necessarily calls upon elements from such diverse disciplines as computing, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, management,mathematics and physics.

Curtin offers the only comprehensive degree program in surveying in Western Australia. The fourth year of the course incorporates an honours program which can lead directly into the Master of Philosophy (Surveying and Mapping) and the Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

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

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

TAFE requirements

Gain entry to this course with a two year TAFE diploma or three-year advanced diploma.


You will need to complete a first aid course before graduating.

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.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). Students and graduates are eligible for membership to the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; graduates are eligible for licensing by the Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

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 or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Surveyor
  • Land Surveyor
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Mine Surveyor
  • Engineering Surveyor.

Why Surveying?

  • Hands-on, interactive approach.
  • State-of-the-art equipment and labs.
  • Opportunities exist with local, state and federal governments and in private practice.
  • Industry sectors that rely on qualified surveyors include land development, construction, the military, tourism, mapping, resource development and mining.

How this course will make you industry ready

Throughout your studies, you’ll use state-of-the-art software and equipment regularly found in industry. In your final year, you’ll complete a project relevant to, and possibly in cooperation with, industry and government.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.