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Master of Geographic Information Science

Course Description

The Master of Geographic Information Science provides a grounding in both theory and practice. You will be competent in advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, spatial problem solving, and implementation and management of GIS projects.

Five great reasons to study Geographic Information Science

1. GIS is an ever evolving technology and offers opportunities at the forefront of innovation. GIS provides the foundation for Google Earth and other similar technologies.

2. GIS has become core business in most industries and government sectors including: agriculture, forestry and fisheries; mining, and oil and gas; utilities; waste management and remediation services; construction; educational services; manufacturing; health care and social assistance; wholesale and retail trade; transportation and warehousing; real estate; planning ; international and domestic aid; emergency management; the military and many others. If you are a Geographer or think spatially and have interests in any number of fields, Geographic Information Science is for you.

3. Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis are desirable skills in many disciplines which set you apart from other job candidates and provide for greater employability. In addition, GIS has been cited as one of the 12 'high-growth' industries worldwide.

4. GIS Saves Lives. Over the last decade, GIS technology helped survivors in numerous natural disasters, including the Japan tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, Boxing Day tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. It has become increasingly clear that natural disasters will not stop, but educated GIS professionals have an increasing role to play in disaster management.

5. Marco Polo, Claudius Ptolemy, Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Eratosthenes, Colonel Sir George Everest, and David Livingstone were all Geographers. Their discoveries would have happened more quickly with the availability of GIS technologies.

Visit the Master of Geographic Information Science page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

UWA Faculty of Science Scholarships and Awards - No. of awards TBC

Both the University and the Faculty offer a range of scholarships and awards to our students.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships for Domestic and International Students - see full details for each scholarship.

Application Procedure

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Further Information


Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

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