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Master of Geographic Information Science

Overview

Gain the geospatial data skills to advance your career in ecology, exploration, health, planning, maths, cartography, surveying, geography or environmental science.

If you're looking to advance your career in ecology, mineral and oil exploration, health, urban and regional planning, mathematics, cartography, surveying, geography or environmental science, this 1.5 year full-time program will equip you with all the geospatial data skills you need.

Access specialist laboratories that feature the latest applications for GIS, remote-sensing, automating geospatial tasks with programming, and web map publishing.

Use 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, to gain a comprehensive understanding of these applications across many sectors.

Study advanced areas of GIS and choose from electives including spatial analysis, remote-sensing, web mapping and related professional skills development.

During the latter part of your Master’s studies, you'll also have the opportunity to undertake a semester-long GIS and/or remote-sensing research project, where you'll gain practical field-related experience while enhancing your report writing and project management skills.

All of this will enable you to graduate with advanced computing skills in GIS software, competence in GIS and remote-sensing operations, and sought-after project implementation and management skills.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5177
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41040 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5177
CRICOS Code
003927F
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Access specialist laboratories featuring the latest applications.
  • Study advanced areas of GIS and choose electives to match your career ambitions.
  • Undertake a semester-long GIS and/or remote-sensing research project.
  • Graduate with advanced computing, implementation and management skills.

1 in Queensland for geography

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Advanced Earth Observation Sciences
  • Introduction to Earth Observation Sciences
  • Research Project

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Urban planner
  • Built environment consultant
  • Environment and resource manager
  • Mineral exploration consultant
  • Geospatial application developer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Cartographer
  • Web map publisher
  • Landscape modeller
  • Ecologist

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Spatial Sciences Institute

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in science (mathematics, physics, computer science), environmental science, environmental management, geographical science, geology, surveying, geometrics, engineering, or an approved discipline.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in science (mathematics, physics, computer science), environmental science, environmental management, geographical science, geology, surveying, geometrics, engineering, or an approved discipline.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Geographic Information Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,040

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Geographic Information Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of 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.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,660

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Geographic Information Science at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

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