Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
This course allows for the development of technical and research skills applicable to a range of disciplines relying on the use of spatial analytic techniques. It provides for a grounding in both theory and application, equipping students with the skills necessary to compete in the spatial industry.
The course covers applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies, cartography and geovisualisation, and spatial programming. Therefore, graduates are competent in advanced GIS computing skills, GIS and remote sensing operations, and implementation and management of GIS projects.
- Course title
- Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2019
- Administered by
- Faculty of Science
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year and mid-year
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- The Master of Geographic Information Science has the following exit awards: 73270 Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (24 points) (24 points), 73370 Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (48 points) (48 points)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
- Maximum course duration
- 2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
- Time limit
- 4 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Bryan Boruff
- Visit the fees calculator.
Enquiries and course advice
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2019; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.
Students may be required to take up to 24 points of conversion units from this group or select units in consultation with the Faculty.
|S1, S2||SCIE4401||Data Use in Science|
|S1, S2||SCIE4403||The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science|
Take all unit(s) (36 points):
|NS||ENVT4409||Remote Sensing of the Environment|
|S1, S2||ENVT4411||Geographic Information Systems Applications|
|NS||ENVT5504||GIS and the Built Environment|
|NS||ENVT5508||Advanced Spatial Analytics|
|S2||ENVT5511||Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management|
For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all unit(s) (24 points):
|S1, S2||GEOG5011||Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1|
|S1, S2||GEOG5012||Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2|
|S1, S2||GEOG5013||Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3|
|S1, S2||GEOG5014||Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4|
For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points of which at least 18 points (3 units) must be taken at Level 5. For student in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
|NS||AGRI4401||Advanced Crop Production Science|
|NS||AGRI4407||Plant and Human Nutrition|
|S2||AGRI5506||Integrated Pest Management|
|NS||BIOL4407||Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management|
|S2||BIOL5501||Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity|
|S2||ECON5001||Economic Development in Theory and Practice|
|S1||ECON5002||Agriculture and Economic Development|
|NS||ENVT4401||Advanced Land Use and Management|
|NS||ENVT4403||Coastal and Estuarine Processes|
|NS||ENVT4406||Catchment and River Processes|
|NS||ENVT5502||Marine and Coastal Planning and Management|
|NS||GEOG4001||Population, Migration and Development|
|NS||GEOG5003||Resource Extraction and Regional Development|
|NS||GEOG5004||Place-based and Participatory Development|
|S1||GEOG5502||Conservation, Development and Sustainability|
|S2||PLNG4401||Planning Theory and Practice|
|S2||PLNG5403||Planning and Governance|
|S2||PLNG5411||Urban and Regional Analysis|
|N/A||PLNG5510||Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning|
|NS||PLNG5511||Climate Change Policy and Planning|
|NS||POLS5671||Peace and Security in Africa|
|NS||POLS5672||Global Development Debates|
|S2||SCIE4481||Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science|
|S1, S2||SCIE5304||Science Practicum|
|NS||SCIE5505||Global Change and the Marine Environment|
|NS||SOCS5010||NGOs, Governance and Development|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).
English Language competency requirements
3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 73270 Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (24 points)
- 73370 Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (48 points)
(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geographic Information Science course before completing it, but after having completed 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including at least 2 core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science.
(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geographic Information Science course before completing it, but after having completed 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including at least 4 core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.
Award with distinction