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Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

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Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing [exit point only]
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CSU’s Master of GIS and Remote Sensing provides specialised training in using spatial science to make critical decisions about the physical and built environment. Graduates undertake technical tasks such as land mapping, satellite and aerial photographic image processing, remote sensing, land and resource management and spatial data analysis.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of GIS and Remote Sensing allows students to build their knowledge and practical expertise in spatial science and remote sensing technology from an introductory level through to a high level of expertise with independent study and project experience at the Masters level.

    Graduates of this course will have advanced knowledge and skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). As a graduate, you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in spatial science to collect, map, analyse and present information about the physical and built environment. You will be able to use your creativity, initiative and independent judgement to use specialised techniques to address a wide variety of spatial problems.

    You may also choose to exit the course early, with the Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing after successfully completing 32 points (four subjects), or the Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing after successfully completing 64 points (eight subjects). The exit points offer considerable flexibility, allowing students to gain the GIS and Remote Sensing knowledge and qualification they need today, and to add to their credentials at a later date if necessary.

    CSU works in close association with industry, professionals and government to ensure our courses meet and support their needs. CSU is well-known for its innovating approach to education, offering practical,  hands-on courses supported online to provide students with accessible, world-class education.

    Flexible study options

    CSU is a leading provider of distance education and flexible study options to help you fit study into your life. In particular, flexible study options provide you with choices about where, when and how learning occurs. You can:

    • study at your own pace. While we regard two subjects as a normal part-time load, you will be able to balance your work, life and study commitments by taking between one and four subjects each session
    • vary your pattern to suit your career aspirations. We understand you come to CSU because you want an interesting job. You can vary (with permission) from the recommended pool of subjects to meet your career aspirations.

  • Career opportunities

    Demand for graduates is strong. Graduates have a wide choice of careers in  private industry or in government. They use their skills to help resolve environmental (lands, forests and water) and social (health crime, development) problems. Graduates are employed by a range of government agencies, businesses, and companies involved in spatial science, either as consultants or as staff, in roles relating to surveying, remote sensing, GIS analysis, laser scanning or hydrographic surveying.

  • Workplace learning

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure our courses meet and support industry needs. We contextualise learning in a way that empowers and motivates students, while assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities.

    At CSU, you will learn through practical and field experience. This will give relevance to what you are learning and help you construct your own understanding of the course material. We provide this through practical, real world assessment tasks as well as through field trips so you can learn the skills that environmental managers need.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 11 compulsory subjects (88 points) and 1 elective (8 points). 

    Graduate Certificate
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    SPA417 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    Graduate Diploma
    Graduate Certificate subjects plus
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation
    SPA501 Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling
    SPA512 Cartography and Data Visualisation

    Graduate Diploma subjects plus
    SPA407 Applied Geostatistics
    SPA503 GIS Algorithms
    SPA504 Remote Sensing Algorithms

    Enrolment pattern

    Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

    A normal enrolment pattern would be as follows. Minor amendment to the order in which subjects are completed at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level may be negotiated with the Course Director.

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    SPA417 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    (Students can exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing)

    Year 2 Session 1(30)
    SPA512 Cartography & Data Visualisation
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    SPA501 Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
    (Students can exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing)

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    SPA503 GIS Algorithms

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    SPA407 Applied Geostatistics
    SPA504 Remote Sensing Algorithms
    (Students exit at this point with a Master of GIS and Remote Sensing)

  • Admission information

    Applicants would normally hold a three year Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline or have extensive relevant industry experience to the satisfaction of the course director. Students wishing to apply for admission based on relevant industry experience should discuss requirements with the course director prior to applying.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol Type

    ModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOSGI
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSGI

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must complete 96 points to pass level or better.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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