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:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info Yes Full time 3 years
Bedford Park No info Yes Part time 6 years


Globally focused and locally engaged, Flinders University is making a difference through innovative research, excellence in teaching and learning, and exceptional student experience.

Why study with us

Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

In an era of disruptive change, Flinders University is growing its international reputation as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and a source of enterprising graduates equipped to change the world.

Unique innovation offerings are supported by the Flinders New Venture Institute, a global entrepreneurship leader[3] located at the University’s high-tech Tonsley campus, while Flinders’ Victoria Square campus provides a study space in the heart of the city. An award-winning student hub at main campus fosters interactive learning in a digitally enabled environment. Students may also complete a Doctor of Medicine through Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical Program.

Internationally, joint courses are delivered with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Flinders’ research strengths include biomedical and clinical sciences, culture, policy and society, health and human behaviour, molecular science and technology, defence, engineering, water and environment.  Its research contributions are rich and growing, with some 90 per cent ranked at or above world class[4]. 

Facilities and services

In 2020 Flinders Train Station will open, connecting Flinders’ main campus to Tonsley. The adjacent Flinders Village development has commenced, to add further research facilities and student accommodation amid shops and other amenities in a thriving urban centre.

Whether you’re enjoying the leafy surrounds of the Bedford Park campus, immersed in the CBD at Victoria Square or contemplating the industries of the future at our state-of-the-art Tonsley facility, Flinders prides itself on offering students a great on-campus experience.

There’s also the option to study online, giving you the flexibility to learn whenever and wherever you’re located.

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Admission and election

Whether you are a Year 12 student, a non-school leaver wanting to start your university studies or you want to further your university studies, we offer a range of pathways to gain admission into Flinders.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered for some 26,000 students. Flinders’ 5,400 international students come from more than 90 countries, with main campus featuring onsite accommodation for 560 students and an international pathways centre.

With our globally recognised degrees, vibrant campuses, exceptional teachers and strong industry connections, you’ll get all the support you need to build a great career.

We understand everyone has different needs at different times across their university journey. From before you apply and throughout your studies, the Flinders team is here to help with enrolment and academic advice, health and well-being support, social engagement advice and more.

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Study options

Whether you’re beginning your university journey, upskilling or changing careers, Flinders gives you the chance to develop practical, real-world skills geared towards a successful career. Our industry links, job placement opportunities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program have helped us become South Australia’s number one university for starting salary.

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[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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