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Be prepared to enter a dynamic field that merges cutting-edge technology, advanced data analysis techniques, and spatial reasoning. At UniSQ, our Geographic Information Systems degrees equip you to tackle intricate spatial problems head-on and explore the full potential of mapping, data visualisation, and spatial analysis in a real-world context.

Whether your passion lies in scouting the ideal location for a new bank branch, crafting lifelike 3D models of bustling cities, or harnessing satellite imagery to map the precious habitats of endangered species such as the rare bilby, our Geographic Information Systems degrees open the gateway to an exhilarating career in Spatial Science. 

Explore UniSQ's Geographic Information Systems degrees

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What is Geographic information systems (GIS)?
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is part of the Surveying and Built Environment study area at UniSQ and focuses on the study of spatial data, mapping technology, and the analysis of geographical information. With GIS, you will gain expertise in utilising specialised software tools to comprehend spatial data acquisition, database management, cartography, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and geospatial programming. This knowledge can be applied across a wide range of industries and sectors, including urban planning, environmental management, transportation, natural resource management, and business intelligence.
Why study geographic Information systems with UniSQ?

Studying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at UniSQ provides you with access to cutting-edge resources, industry-leading experts, and a supportive learning environment. Get a competitive edge by gaining a qualification from one of Australia’s leading spatial science providers.

  • UniSQ is at the forefront of Australia's efforts to enhance commercialisation and national capability in the space sector, receiving substantial funding from the Federal Government's Trailblazer Universities Program, iLAuNCH.
  • We host the only ground-based support in the Southern Hemisphere for NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission, operating Queensland's only professional astronomical research facility, the Mount Kent Observatory.
  • Our GIS degrees are designed to equip you with practical skills and knowledge through hands-on learning experiences, industry collaborations, and real-world projects.
Which Geographic Information System degree is right for me?

At UniSQ, we offer a range of Geographic Information Systems degrees that cater to different interests and career goals. Whether you are interested in spatial analysis, remote sensing, cartography, or geospatial technology, there is a degree that suits your aspirations. 

Undergraduate Certificate of Spatial Science Fundamentals - Gain foundational knowledge of surveying and spatial science, including an introduction to the industry, spatial presentation, satellite positioning, problem solving, and mathematics.

Bachelor of Science (Geospatial science) - Build a comprehensive understanding of GIS principles, spatial data analysis, and geospatial technology applications. 

Master of Research - Undertake in-depth investigations and contribute to the advancement of GIS through original research projects. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Conduct extensive research in GIS, leading to the development of new knowledge and expertise in the field. 

Do I need previous programming knowledge?
Programming knowledge is not always a prerequisite for studying GIS. While postgraduate may require prior programming experience, undergraduate degrees do not assume any programming knowledge. However, basic programming skills can be advantageous for success. The various GIS degrees at UniSQ commonly utilise a range of software and tools for data analysis and mapping. Some popular ones include ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth, and GRASS GIS. We recommend checking the specific requirements of the degree you're interested in to learn about the entry requirements.
Are there opportunities for hands-on learning and practical experience in GIS?
Yes, at UniSQ, we offer many opportunities to engage in practical and interactive experiences. Our GIS programs are designed to provide you with real-world exposure and practical skills. You’ll have access to the latest GIS software and tools, engage in fieldwork, participate in industry collaborations, and work on projects to apply your knowledge in practical settings. These hands-on learning experiences will enhance your understanding of GIS principles and techniques, preparing you for a successful career in the field.
What are the career opportunities for graduates with a Geographic Information Systems degrees?

With a GIS degree from UniSQ, you will gain a valuable skillset that opens diverse career opportunities across various sectors, including:

  • urban and regional planning
  • environmental management
  • natural resource management
  • transportation and logistics
  • emergency management and disaster response
  • market research and business analytics
  • government agencies
  • geospatial technology companies 

By combining GIS with other disciplines, such as Surveying, Environmental Science, you can expand your career prospects even further. UniSQ's GIS degree equips you with the necessary skills to excel in these fields and make a positive impact in society. 

Can I study part-time?
Yes, UniSQ offers part-time study options for many of its Geographical Information System degrees. This flexibility allows you to balance your education with other commitments, such as work or personal responsibilities. Part-time study may extend the overall duration of the degree, but it provides an opportunity for individuals who require a more flexible approach to complete their degree.
Are flexible study options available?

Yes! At UniSQ, we understand juggling your life with study is important. Our Surveying and Built Environment students will have the opportunity to study Geographical Information Systems online, on-campus/externally or a mix of modes, depending on what degree you choose. You can also adjust your subject enrolment to meet your own personal needs.

Regardless of how you choose to study, you’ll experience the same level of support and opportunities to connect with others. Discover more about the different ways you can study at UniSQ. 

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