Spatial Information

Why choose Spatial Information at Melbourne

At Australia’s no 1 engineering school you will learn from the top researchers in spatial information.

Access to real-world industry and research projects will provide you with the problem solving and team work skills crucial to a successful career in industry.

Our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, enabling graduates to practice as spatial information specialists in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Spatial information is an essential part of any economy’s infrastructure. It is a rapidly expanding field, fuelled by the growth in information and communication technology, satellites for imaging and positioning, and the web and communication infrastructure for access to spatial data using smart devices.

You will develop sought-after skills in areas such as geographic information systems (GIS), three-dimensional computer visualisations, surveying and satellite image processing.

Courses in Spatial Information

How to study Spatial Information

To become a professionally accredited spatial engineer, you will complete five years of study. You start with either a Bachelor of Design or a Bachelor of Science with a major in Spatial Systems. This is followed by a two-year Master of Engineering (Spatial).

A longer Master of Engineering program, of up to three-years duration is available for students who have not completed the preliminary engineering subjects required in their undergraduate degree, but who meet the maths and science entry requirements.

Students may also complete a specialisation in Spatial Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology in their undergraduate degree, plus a two year Master of Information Technology (Spatial) to obtain work in the spatial information industry.

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Spatial Research

Research in spatial information seeks to support sustainable development and effective markets, and is focussed in the following areas:

  • Spatially enabling government and society
  • Designing and developing SDIs
  • Cadastral system, 3D Cadastre
  • Land management and market
  • Building the next generation of property data systems
  • Managing the integration of land and marine administration
  • Advancing metadata documentation
  • Metadata automation and updating
  • National land infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities

Spatial information data is being used to monitor power lines via laser technology. Read “Lasering the lay of the lines”.

Read our pursuit article 'The layering of the lines'

Your career opportunities in Spatial Information

The spatial information industry comprises remote sensing from satellites, aircraft and ground-based sensors, global positioning systems, conventional surveying, geographic information systems and all forms of data with a geographic coordinate.

There is a growing demand for expertise in spatial information, along with a current labour shortage in Australia, ensuring graduates of a range of well-paid employment options. Career opportunities exist in a roles relating to land and surveying, in environmental remote sensing, disaster management and in organisations specialising in land and resource management, mapping, three dimensional visualisation and spatial data infrastructure.

Some examples of areas you could specialise in include:

  • Cadastral/Land Surveyor
  • Engineering Surveyor
  • Positioning
  • Remote Sensing
  • Topography

The Student Experience

What I see for my future is an industry position where I develop my technical skills early on and then move on to a business consulting role.”

Claudia Nguyen Master of Engineering (Spatial)