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Graduate Certificate in  Geographic Information Science

Program code: 5028

Delivery location

St Lucia


Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $11,920
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

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

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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:

  • Semester 1 - Monday before semester 1 commences. Contact School for details.

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

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