Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems

Flinders University

This degree will give students the skills to support change and growth in some of the most important areas of modern society. It appeals to applicants who enjoy computing, graphics and digital mapping, and would like to use these skills to tackle real-world problems. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based system capable of integrating, editing, sharing, modelling and displaying geographically referenced information. It allows users to create interactive queries, analyse the information, edit data, create maps and present the results of these operations. GIS is used extensively across a range of areas and its applications are broad - from scientific investigations to criminology, history, sales, marketing, route planning and logistics. The application of GIS and modelling to predict outcomes, prioritise management strategies and quantify risks, is becoming increasingly important in government agencies and private organisations resulting in strong demand for graduates with these skills.

Course Fee:

International: $85,500

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; or mature age entry (STAT); or TAFE/VET qualifications; or higher education transfers; or completion of a foundation studies program


This degree has been developed in consultation with the industries likely to employ graduates. The degree provides a flexible and progressive approach to the combination of GIS, remote sensing, information technology (IT) and another full major area of study from a selected list. This unique approach allows students to choose another major area of study. The incorporation of a major sequence in this course reflects an increasing need for multi-disciplinary graduates who have advanced skills in the application of GIS, remote sensing and IT. The first year consists of introductory IT, GIS, elective topics, major sequence subjects and a GIS field camp. The second year includes GIS, remote sensing, statistics, major sequence topics and importantly, an industry placement of 120 hours over the summer break where the students gain experience working in the industry. The third year consists of Advanced Digital Image Analysis, GIS modelling, major sequence topics, and a major project that allows each student to apply their GIS, remote sensing and IT knowledge in an exciting and relevant area of interest. Students who are eligible are also encouraged to consider Honours.

Subjects you can Study:

Bachelor of Science Major - Students may undertake a Bachelor of Science major selected from the following: Animal Biology Aquatic Biology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Chemistry Cognitive Science Computer Science Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Environmental Geology Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Environmental Management Geography Mathematics Microbiology Ocean and Climate Sciences Physics Plant Biology Statistics Bachelor of Arts Major - Students may undertake a Bachelor of Arts major selected from the following: Applied Linguistics Australian Studies Creative Writing Criminology Drama English French History Indonesian Innovation and Enterprise International Relations Italian Law and Society Modern Greek Philosophy Politics Screen and Media Sociology Spanish Women's Studies

Further information:

Students also have the option of combining this degree with Archaeology and any other degree within the College of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.


Graduates may apply for professional recognition by the Spatial Sciences Institute.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00114A

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info Yes Part time 6 years
Bedford Park No info Yes Full time 3 years
Flinders is a leading international university in Australia, distinguished by its boldness, vigour and imagination. The University has a record of excellence and innovation in teaching, research and community engagement.

While the main campus is located in the suburb of Bedford Park, just a short drive south of Adelaide's Central Business District and easily accessible by public transport, the University's geographical footprint also stretches across South Australia, Western Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Flinders has over 2,600 staff and more than 24,700 students, with over 4,500 coming from countries as diverse as Canada, India and Kenya. Its graduates are encouraged to be knowledgeable, to communicate effectively, and to develop skills to connect across boundaries and tackle major challenges.

Flinders has led the way in providing access to higher education for individuals who did not traditionally aspire to University, and offers a choice of pathways that cater to people from a variety of backgrounds.

Offering over 140 undergraduate and 280 postgraduate courses, Flinders prides itself on the quality of its programs and the attention given to the learning experience of its students.

Provider CRICOS: 00114A

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