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RMIT University

  • 45% international / 55% domestic

Master of Geospatial Science

  • Masters (Coursework)

Become an expert in geographic information systems, mapping, satellite positioning and remote sensing.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time
Course Code
MC265, 092796G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Fees
$26,880 per year / $53,760 total
International Fees
$35,520 per year / $71,040 total

About this course

Geospatial scientists are experts in using spatial analytics to make sense of big spatial data captured from the latest sensor technologies.

A Master of Geospatial Science will prepare you for leadership roles in this field, building your understanding of spatial analytics and big spatial data for making critical decisions about our built and natural environment. You'll gain professional-level expertise in the analysis, management, capture and visualisation of spatial information, and become proficient in the latest technologies and infrastructures to support these skills.

Through this course you will develop a unique breadth of expertise across geospatial science, including:

  • knowledge of fundamental spatial information technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), geospatial programming, spatial databases, and cloud and mobile geospatial computing.
  • advanced skills in mapping and visualisation for creating engaging and interactive geospatial presentations.
  • knowledge of the latest spatial data capture systems, including satellite remote sensing, GPS satellite positioning, drone and aerial imagery, wearable sensors, sensor networks, and crowdsourced data.
  • specialised knowledge in key areas that complement geospatial science, and tailored to your specific needs, which may include environmental science, natural resource management, computer science, business and project management, architecture and urban planning, mathematics or statistics.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • An Australian bachelor degree in any discipline, or equivalent.


  • You may also be considered if you have at least ten years' of work experience in geospatial science, geometrics, land information, surveying, geography, environmental science, geology, earth science, or environmental engineering.

International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.


Some applicants might be eligible for exemptions that might change the duration of their program. Please refer to the Articulation and Pathways section for more detail.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

Graduates are well-equipped to take on advanced roles within the spatial sciences in an industry, government or research context.

These skills are in high demand both nationally and internationally across a wide range of industries and the government sector including:

  • environment and natural resources, such as environmental impact assessments, environmental monitoring, and agriculture and forestry
  • land development, such as land use planning, geodesign, spatial data infrastructures, and sustainable development
  • mining and exploration, including mineral exploration and environmental engineering
  • facilities management and construction, including site selection, insurance and logistics
  • transportation and utilities, such as water demand modelling, transport planning, mapping and navigation, and intelligent transportation
  • governance and policy, including urban planning, e-government and community mapping
  • emergency and disaster management, such as bushfire mapping, flood awareness, biosecurity, evacuation and emergency response
  • data analytics and ICT, including mobile and wearable computing, web-mapping, cloud computing, and information visualisation.

Geospatial Science graduates can choose from diverse career opportunities in many sectors including tourism, environmental management, surveying and property development, building and construction, land management, software development and marketing and sales.

Geospatial science careers often provide career flexibility, opportunities to work overseas and great earning potential.

Employment resources in geospatial science

If you have any questions about the geospatial industry, employment or your career options, please contact David Mitchell, the Geospatial Science Industry Liaison Officer.

RMIT resources
  • RMIT Career Development and Employment
Information and positions for graduates
  • Graduate Careers Australia
Employment agencies
  • Armstrong Personnel
  • Australian Job Search
  • CareerOne
  • Careers Online
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn Job Search
  • Seek
  • Spatial Jobs Online
Potential employers

The following are some of the organisations that have employed graduates of Geospatial Science programmes.

A - G

  • AAM Group
  • Advanced Spatial Technologies
  • The Australian Antarctic Division
  • Australian Hydrographic Service
  • Barwon Water
  • Beveridge Williams & Co
  • BHP
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Cardno
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Country Fire Authority, Victoria
  • CR Kennedy and Company
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victoria
  • ESRI Australia
  • Fugro Spatial Solutions
  • Geoplex
  • Geoscience Australia
  • Geotech Information Services
  • GHD

H - Z

  • HERE Maps
  • Hexagon Geospatial
  • Innovyze
  • Jacobs Group (Australia)
  • John Holland Group
  • Leica Geosystems
  • Linkt
  • Listech
  • Lonely Planet Publications
  • Parks Victoria
  • PhotoMapping Services
  • PitneyBowes Software
  • RACV
  • Sensis
  • Spatial Vision
  • Taylors Development Strategists
  • Trimble
  • Ultimate Positioning Group (UPG)
  • VicRoads
  • Victoria Police
  • WBCM
Professional organisations

Upon successful completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, geospatial science graduates are eligible for admission to several professional organisations:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

We are currently working to have the Master of Geospatial Science accredited by RICS. RICS is the leading organisation in the world for professionals in property, land, real estate, construction, and related environmental issues. The RICS accreditation allows our graduates to be RICS members and gain automatic recognition in many developed and developing countries around the world.

Download or view the RICS digital brochure (PDF 1.2MB 20p).

Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA)

Holders of RMIT's Master of Geospatial Science degree are eligible on graduation for Associate Membership of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA). After a period of about two years of experience they may be eligible to become a member.

As postgraduate students, you are encouraged to join as student members and participate in the affairs of MSIA.

Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

The Surveying Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) is the national body combining the professional disciplines of surveying, mapping, engineering and mining surveying, remote sensing and photogrammetry and spatial information. Members' training or qualification and experience will be recognised and rewarded through formal certification.