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Graduate Certificate in  Geographic Information Science

Program code: 5028
CRICOS code: 011168G


St Lucia


Half Year full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Want to learn how to gather, manage and analyse geospatial data? This program will equip you with the technical skills to use geographic information science (GIS) software for mapping and industry projects.

  • This eight-unit program will equip you with the geospatial data skills to advance your career in areas such as urban planning, environmental and resource management and cartography.
  • Study advanced areas of GIS and choose electives from spatial analysis, remote-sensing operations, web mapping and related professional skills development.
  • Explore online GIS data and applications for key national data such as the population census, Earth observation and national mapping services for society and the environment.
  • Graduate with advanced computing skills in GIS software, competence in GIS and remote-sensing operations, and project implementation and management skills.

Gain valuable skills in GIS technologies that are increasingly becoming a part of everyday life, from ride-sharing apps and delivery trackers, to monitoring climate change and preventing the spread of disease.

  • Fast Facts

    Flexible learning

    You can complete this program on campus over six months (or part-time equivalent), or study externally part-time, taking two online courses per semester.

  • In the classroom

    Pursue further study

    Once you’ve completed this program, you can choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science or the Master of Geographic Information Science.

  • Teaching spaces

    Specialist facilities

    UQ houses specialist laboratories that have applications for GIS, remote sensing, automating geospatial tasks with programming, and web map publishing.

  • Research

    Real-world experience

    Undertake a supervised research project, with a proposal and report, to demonstrate your real-world problem-solving skills and technical proficiency using GIS and/or remote sensing.

Career outcomes

Typically, GIS professionals work in government, private industry and research. You can apply geographic management techniques across a range of fields, including:

  • urban development and planning
  • environmental and resource management
  • engineering, transport and infrastructure project consultancy
  • software and app development.

Many UQ graduates use this qualification to move ahead with their career or as a stepping stone to higher-level GIS programs, which offer comprehensive study plans and further professional opportunities.

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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in any field, with UQ or equivalent GPA of 4 or above on a 7 point scale; or

2 years of work experience in the same discipline.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $20,520
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is 5028. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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