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This program paves your way for a career in interpreting how location has an impact on the way we interact with the world around us.
If we understand where things are and how they are connected, we better understand our world. This is what geospatial science is and this program develops professionals to work in the field.
Geospatial scientists use location as the key to collecting, managing, analysing, and interpreting information.
It's a specialised discipline, so you'll enjoy the advantage of relatively small class sizes, focused content, and staff who are easily accessible.
Practical work is based on industry-standard software and hardware, the same tools you will find in the workplace to reinforce the theoretical learning.
RMIT maintains strong links with industry and members of the profession regularly participate in our teaching programs.
While you'll find elements of geospatial science in other programs, RMIT offers the only four-year undergraduate program in Victoria. There is also a dedicated field station at Yarra Bend Park to support practical work.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments including field-work projects.
Many RMIT activities are guided by industry. For example, you'll undertake an exercise based on the Yarra Bend Park Strategy Plan. You'll survey an area of the park, then model, design, and illustrate an amphitheatre to suit the local environment.
In addition, all students carry out a final-year research project that is industry-approved and reflects current best practice.
You are also expected to complete 60 days of work experience during your program. This usually takes the form of paid employment during vacation periods or as a part-time employee. RMIT may assist you with finding a placement.
A career in geospatial science may be for you, if you:
- have an interest in the physical nature of the world; knowing where things are and how they relate to each other
- enjoy design and computer graphics
- enjoy geography and mapping
- are able to work neatly and accurately, paying attention to detail
- enjoy science and maths
- enjoy problem solving
- are able to work as part of a team.
Geospatial scientists develop and manage geographic information systems in a diverse range of exciting areas including:
- land administration and reform
- urban planning
- subdivision planning
- infrastructure management
- natural resource monitoring and development
- coastal zone management and mapping
- disaster informatics for disaster risk reduction and response
- weather forecasting.
Graduates work in diverse roles that:
- manage and plan land use systems in local government
- map and analyse crime patterns with the police
- build systems for monitoring the spread of infectious disease
- provide maps and other data for mobile phones.
As more and more organisations rely on spatial data as a key information source, the industry demand for graduates grows stronger.
Graduates can work in any organisation where spatial information is used.
It’s typical that more than 90% of our graduates are employed within three months of completing their studies.
RMIT students can study for one or more semesters at an overseas institution through the Education Abroad program at more than 120 partner universities.
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Better understand our world
Geospatial science is everywhere around you: satellite images on your phone, analysis of shortest path through the city and assisting pilots to navigate around the world.