Bachelor of Applied Science - Surveying (Honours)

RMIT University

In this course you'll gain the essential skills and knowledge required to succeed as a professional surveyor. RMIT offers the only undergraduate surveying degree in Victoria. It is accredited with local and international surveying organisations and thoroughly prepares you to enter the profession. The first two years cover general aspects of surveying and mapping. You'll also study specific fields such as cadastral and engineering surveying, GPS positioning, geodesy, survey network design, land development and subdivision, geographic information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, environmental studies, professional practice and business studies. The degree focuses on practical skills through field exercises, survey camps, and 12 weeks of professional experience prior to graduation. Surveyors practise in a range of areas including engineering and mining surveying, topographical and cadastral surveying, hydrographic surveying, land development and photogrammetry.

Course Fee:

Australian: $122,880
International: $138,240

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


Early in the degree, you'll study the fundamentals of measurement science, cartography, and spatial information science (GIS). Other required skills in mathematics, statistics, and physics are also covered. Later, more specialised studies are offered in geodesy, map projections, spatial analysis, remote sensing, image analysis, and professional practice. Specialised studies in cadastral and engineering surveying, GPS, and advanced adjustment methods are central components of the degree. Practical work - Field camps are held in the second and third years to reinforce theoretical learning and allow you to exercise your knowledge of real-world problems. Practical work is based on industry-standard software and hardware, the same tools you will find in the workplace. You will have ample opportunities to develop skills and experience with these tools. Learning support - Learning support includes a first-year transition program, academic coordinators for each year level, and an active Geo

Subjects you can Study:

Geospatial information science, Positioning (navigation), Surveying.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Surveying who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 may be eligible to receive exemption for up to one year's credit (equivalent to 108 credit points) if successful in gaining a place.


The program is externally accredited through the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria. This means that the Board has identified it as one of the qualifications that leads to registration as a Licensed Surveyor in Victoria, Australia. The Board is also a member of the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand. Since 1892 the Council has been overseeing the reciprocal recognition of surveyor licensing between Australian states and territories and New Zealand. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of The Institution of Surveyors Victoria and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. The program has international accreditation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which also entitles graduates to membership of that Institute. The program is also accredited by the Land Surveyors Board of Malaysia as a recognised qualification.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 63.5 No Part time
City 63.5 No Full time 4 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

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Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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