Master of Engineering (Spatial)

3 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 069275C

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Course Description

Spatial information is an essential and indispensable 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.

This course focuses on the science and technology of measurement, mapping and visualisation. You will develop sought-after skills in areas, such as geographic information systems (GIS), three-dimensional computer visualisations, surveying and satellite and photographic image processing.

The Master of Engineering (Spatial) will lead to a formal qualification in spatial information at the Masters level.

Career outcomes

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Spatial Information Career Pathways [PDF]

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 a range of well-paid employment options.

Career opportunities exist in roles relating to land and surveying, in environmental remote sensing, disaster management and in firms specialising in land and resource management, mapping, three dimensional visualisation and spatial data infrastructure.

You will find work with organisations such as Geomatic Technologies, Spatial Vision, Photomapping Services, the Office of the Surveyor-General, Reeds Consulting and Geoscience Australia.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Engineering is professionally recognised under two major accreditation frameworks — EUR-ACE® and the Washington Accord (through Engineers Australia). Graduates can work as professional engineers throughout Europe, and as professional engineers in the 13 countries of the Washington Accord.

Accreditation Recognised in


Accrediting Agency: ASIIN

European Union

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Engineers Australia

Provisionally accredited until sufficient students graduate from the program.

Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK, USA

(Through the Washington Accord)

Surveyors Registration Board, Victoria

Current status is conditional. To be eligible to register as a licenced surveyor with the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria, students must complete a prescribed set of spatial electives as follows: Property Law; Land Development; and Cadastral Surveying; and graduate within the current accreditation cycle (i.e. before 31 December 2018).

Licensed Surveyor

Victoria, (potentially Australia and New Zealand through a reciprocating process)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

MRICS (with additional prerequisites)


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