Graduate Diploma of Geographic Information Science

Curtin University

This course is designed for graduates in mining, agriculture, planning, built environment, business, geography, health, computing, environmental science, geology, mathematics, biology and related fields seeking to understand the role of geospatial information and develop knowledge and skills in the principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). It provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the structure, development, application, implementation and management of geographic information systems. It provides instruction in fundamental principles relating to geospatial information, spatial problem solving, GIS analysis and spatial databases. This course is available on campus to Australian and International students and by distance education via online learning to Australian and International students.

Course Fee:

Australian: $26,700
International: $37,200

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for a Graduate Diploma are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.


Core units plus options/electives. This course comprises 5 foundation units which reflect basic core areas in geographic information science. These units are extended by 3 specialist options in the GIScience core areas, Optional units may be limited depending on the semester of entry and the availability of units. From optional units listed, at least 1 must be chosen at the postgraduate level.

Subjects you can Study:

Geographic information science

Study Pathways:

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Further information:

Curtin Course Code: GD-GISC. This course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. Flexible modes of program delivery are utilised and the course is available on campus as well as fully online. Part-time and external study is only available to Australian resident students and international students studying outside Australia. Full-time study for July (Semester 2) entry is not available.

Who for:

Appropriate graduates seeking intensive training in geographic and land information systems

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Online 1 year
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Part time 2 years
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Full time 1 year

Curtin is Western Australia’s most preferred university and has more than 56,000 students across its campuses and online. New students can expect to become part of a forward thinking, international culture committed to sharing innovative ideas.

The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business, humanities, health sciences, resources, engineering and related sciences. 

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Curtin was also ranked second in the world for mineral and mining engineering, and 42nd in the world for earth and marine sciences in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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Curtin has campuses in Perth, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore, as well as course delivery through more than 130 partner institutions worldwide.

In 2016, Curtin formed an alliance with one of the oldest and most revered universities in the world – The University of Aberdeen in Scotland – which will leverage the strengths and industry networks of both universities, particularly in energy research.

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Curtin leads a number of major international research projects and is involved with more than 70 research centres and collaborations, including the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, the Centre for Crop and Disease Management and Innovation Central Perth.

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Curtin’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses are regularly reviewed by industry, business and government to ensure graduates are prepared for today’s changing global market.

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