MC058 - Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information)

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Plan: MC058 - Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information)
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: Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc(GeospInfo)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years full-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031101
CRICOS code: 023208E

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information) is designed for professionals who already have an undergraduate qualification in a related (cognate) field (for example environmental science, geography, social science, biology, geology, engineering) and who need to build their skills in managing spatial data. The Masters program aims to provide students with the opportunity to undergo specialist studies in one or several areas of geospatial data management at a higher degree level.

You will enhance your scientific knowledge and skills in geospatial information which will provide you with a foundation for a professional or research career in the spatial sciences.

You will develop: 

  • knowledge and advanced skills essential for all aspects of employment and higher levels of research in the geospatial sciences;
  • knowledge in all areas of geospatial science;
  • practical skills developed through presentations, major projects and reports;
  • advanced knowledge for a career in geospatial sciences and opportunities to take on a leadership role in a changing global market shaped by economic, cultural, enviromental and regualtory dynamics.

GEOM2072, GEOM2073 and GEOM2074 serve as a capstone experience in Year 2 of your program, in which you will conduct research by liaising with industry to define/create the problem; analysing and creating a report; presenting and receiving feedback from industry partners.


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Articulation and pathways

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications majoring in geospatial science, geomatics, land information, surveying, geography, environmental science or a relevant discipline you may be eligible for credit as follows:

Qualification levelCreditRemaining program duration
Bachelor degree  (Equivalent to AQF Level 7)Nil144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor degree  (Equivalent to AQF Level 8)Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester or less of full time study)96 credit points or more (equivalent to two semesters or more of full time study)
Graduate CertificateUp to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester or less of full time study)96 credit points or more (equivalent to two semesters or more of full time study)
Graduate DiplomaUp to 72 credit points (equivalent to two semesters or less of full time and/or part time study)72 credit points or more (equivalent to two semesters or more of full time and/or part time study)

Students wishing to pursue a higher degrees by research career (PhD) can apply after successfully completing this program.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree majoring in geospatial science, geomatics, land information, surveying, geography, environmental science, applied science, engineering or an equivalent discipline.

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

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.

Credit transfer and recognised prior learning

Some applicants may be eligible for credit.  Please refer to the Articulation and Pathways section for further information.



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    External accreditation and industry links

    Whilst there is no external accreditation for this program, graduates are eligible for admission to the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia (SSSI). Graduates may also be eligible for membership of the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia (MSIA). Further information is available from the MC058 Program Manager

    The School of Mathematics and Geospatial Sciences has extensive links with industry across all aspects of this program, including the spatial sciences, GIS, geo-visualisation, surveying and cartography. A Program Advisory Committee comprising senior industry figures representing the geospatial sciences meets regularly to ensure the relevance of the Masters of Applied Science (Geospatial Information) program to industry. Industry partners have 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 program enjoys an excellent academic and vocational reputation and is widely recognised by industry employers as producing graduates who are well informed, motivated, adaptable and industry ready.

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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

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    Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University 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 University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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