Spatial Information

Kick-start your spatial information career, learning from industry experts at Australia’s top engineering school.

Why choose spatial information at Melbourne?

Choosing to study spatial information at Melbourne will give you the crucial skills and experience you need to launch a successful career in the industry.

As a spatial information student you will develop sought-after skills in areas such as geographic information systems (GIS), three-dimensional computer visualisations, surveying and satellite image processing. This expertise is highly sought-after in the rapidly expanding field of spatial engineering.

Demand is high at the moment for skilled spatial engineers, 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 learn key skills and knowledge under experienced industry professionals, preparing you to approach real workplace challenges.

Our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, which means that upon graduating you can practice as a spatial information specialist in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Courses in Spatial Information

How to study spatial information

It takes five years of study to become a professionally accredited spatial engineer. 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 three-year Master of Engineering program is available if you have not completed the required engineering subjects, but do meet the maths and science entry requirements.

You can also specialise in Spatial Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology in your 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

Your spatial information research will support sustainable development and effective markets, and may be focused 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

Current students are using spatial information data to monitor power lines via laser technology. Read our Pursuit article:

Lasering the lay of the lines

Where can a master’s degree in spatial information take you?

As a spatial engineer, your expertise will put you in high demand. The growing need for these specialist skills, along with a current labour shortage in Australia, means you are perfectly positioned for a range of well-paid employment options upon graduating. 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.

You may find yourself in 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)