BP087 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)

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Plan: BP087P11 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)
Award abbreviation: BSc(GeospSc)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full time (8 semesters)
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 031101
CRICOS code: 071871J

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) degree will engender you with an ability to apply scientific principles in professional practice as well as research establishments. You will have a sound scientific knowledge providing the foundation for a professional career in Geospatial Science.

The program objectives are:

  • to develop your knowledge and fundamental skills essential for all aspects of work and research in the geospatial sciences;
  • to provide you with the opportunity to build then demonstrate knowledge in all areas of geospatial science including cartography, mapping, surveying, measurement, and geographical visualisation;
  • to demostrate your capabilities through field work, presentations, projects and reports;
  • to prepare you for research and work in the geospatial sciences and lead the way in a changing global market confronted by economic, cultural, environmental and regulatory forces.
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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the C6065 - Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services who have been accepted into the program can apply for exemptions of up to 100 credit points from years one and two. Additional exemptions may be possible based on work experience. Typically, students following this articulation pathway require three years to complete the degree program. As the curriculum for the Advanced Diploma is standard across the TAFE sector, articulation is the same for students from other institutions.

Each applicant must provide a portfolio of all the work undertaken during their Advanced Diploma, and a letter of reference is required from the Program Team Leader of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information.

Applicants must contact the program leader.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any), and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The school has extensive links with industry across all aspects of this program, including cartography, spatial sciences and surveying.

Graduates are eligible for admission to the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia (SSSI).

Graduates may also be eligible for membership of the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia (MSIA) and for the Institution of Surveyors (Victoria) given certain subject choices. Please discuss this with your program leader.




A Program Advisory Committee comprising senior industry figures representing the spatial sciences meets regularly to ensure the relevance of the Geospatial Science program to industry. Industry partners form a strong link with RMIT, with a number of opportunities for students to participate in industry related teaching and learning activities, such as field and project work.

The Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) enjoys an excellent academic and vocational reputation. The program is widely recognised by industry employers as producing graduates who are well informed, motivated, adaptable and industry ready. In fact, the range of capabilites of our graduates has often lead to them being singled-out and eagerly snapped-up by prospective employers. However, there is no external accreditation for this program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library:
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content:
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd 

The School also has many computing laboratories, which are equipped with modern computers and accessories and supported by state-of-the-art Geospatial Science software. RMIT has a planned budget to ensure that all computers are upgraded on a regular basis.

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