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Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science

Graduate diploma

We offer a variety of postgraduate courses in geographic information science; some catering to the needs of practising professionals, and others meeting the needs of those wishing to enter the field for the first time.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science
  • Duration


    1 year full-time
  • Credit




Course outline



This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering.

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) professionals are valued by organisations looking to develop powerful location-based solutions to a range of environmental, business and development-related issues in various industries. Their specific knowledge in spatial analysis and skills in using geographic information systems (GIS) software can help to provide these solutions today and well into the future.

This one-year diploma is designed for graduates in a wide range of fields seeking to understand geospatial information, analysis, modelling and applications. Through the study of five core units plus three specialist options, you will gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of GIScience. The course offers the flexibility and convenience of studying on-campus, fully online or both.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

What jobs can the Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science course lead to?

Graduates are in high demand and find work in a diverse range of areas, including exploration and mining, oil and gas, environmental and resources management, agriculture, engineering, health sciences, urban and regional planning and transport.

What you'll learn

  • apply geographic information science concepts and research methodology to geospatial applications
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to collect and analyse spatial information
  • access, evaluate, reflect and synthesise spatial and related information from multiple sources
  • communicate in professional and scholarly ways appropriate to the discipline of geographic information science
  • select, use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to spatial information
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and proactive decision making
  • interpret and apply Australian and international best practice standards in geospatial methods and technologies
  • develop respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • employ ethical and professional behaviours, whilst working autonomously and with others

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI).

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline.

We recommend that you have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first-year university level. Without this background, you may have to study preparatory units.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-GISC
  • CRICOS code: 007889G
  • Last updated on: 25 May 2024

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