DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
LocationMelbourne City, Online
AU$14,400 (2022 Annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Science has been designed for qualified professionals in fields including environmental science, geography, social science, biology, geology, and engineering, to help build their skills in spatial data management and analytics.
During studies in this certificate, you will develop an understanding of spatial analytics and big spatial data, allowing you to provide input for decisions about the built and natural environment. Additionaly, you'll learn to use the latest technology in the field, and develop the skills to analyse and communicate the data you find.
Enhancing your scientific knowledge and skills in geospatial information, you'll build a foundation for a career in the spatial sciences, or allow you to undertake research and further study.
As part of your studies, you will build specialised knowledge in key areas relating to geospatial science, including environmental science, resource management, computer science, business and project management, urban planning, mathematics andstatistics.
You'll develop knowledge of spatial information technologies, build advanced skills in mapping and visualisation, and learn about spatial data capture systems, including satellite remote sensing, GPS satellite positioning, aerial imagery, sensors, and crowdsourced data.
Your learning experiences will be online.
You will learn through a broad mix of study modes, including lectures, seminars, webinars, virtual classrooms, and online collaborative project work.
Your assessment in this certificate may include assignments and projects done independently or as part of a group, reflective journals, assessed tutorials or presentation, and self- and peer-assessment.
As part of your studies in the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Science, you will cover key learning areas, including:
- GIS Fundamentals
- Database Concepts
- GIS Principles
- Cartography and Visualisation.
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Program code: GC187
Upon successful completion of this graduate certificate, you will be qualified to pursue roles in industry or government contexts, including:
- environment and natural resources
- land development mining and exploration
- facilities management and construction
- transportation and utilities
- governance and policy
- emergency and disaster management
- data analytics and ICT.
You may also choose to undertake further study in the Master of Geospatial Science
You must have:
- An Australian bachelor degree, or equivalent
- At least 10 years of relevant work experience in geospatial science, geomatics, land information, surveying, geography, environmental science, geology, earth science, environmental engineering or a relevant discipline
If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
2022 indicative fees
- Full-fee places: AU$14,400.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The full-fee amount quoted is the 2022 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
If you are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Looking for answers or more general infomation?
For frequently asked questions or how to find more information regarding applications and enrolments, fees, student support services, university policies and more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.