Master of Geographic Information Science

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Program Description

Master of Geographic Information Science

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Master of Geographic Information Science

Develop technical and research skills that are applicable to a range of disciplines using spatial analytic techniques.


The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects.

Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Geographic Information Science covers the following:

  • Applications of GIS and remote sensing
  • Spatial thinking and problem solving
  • Cartography and Geovisualisation
  • Spatial modelling and programming

The Master of Geographic Information Science is a distinctive course as it provides:

  • A multidisciplinary approach to spatial analysis, with emphasis on applications in both the physical and social sciences, allowing you a wider range of employment opportunities;
  • A strong focus on problem solving with perspectives from a variety of disciplines which enables a richer learning experience;
  • Skill sets which can be tailored to your interests.


The Master of Geographic Information Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course outlines for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website.

Career opportunities

GIS and Remote Sensing skills have become core business in a number of industries, thus providing a wide variety of employment opportunities in areas such as Aid and Development; Business; Defence and Intelligence; Education; Government; Health and Human Services; Mapping and Charting; Natural Resources; Public Safety; Transportation; Utilities and Communications.

Related careers

  • Academic
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Analyst
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Business and Systems Analyst
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Developer Programmer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geographer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Marine Biologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Policy and Planning Manager
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Zoologist

Further study opportunities

Students with a Master of Geographic Information Science may have the option to pursue further studies in research.


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  • English

Last updated February 5, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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2 - 4 years
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Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Perth, Western Australia
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