Courses Handbook 2010

186203 v.5 Master of Philosophy (Geographic Information Science)


Course CRICOS Code: 061502F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


This course provides an opportunity for students to undertake a significant research investigation in the theory or application of geographic information systems. Thesis topics will be chosen from problems of continuing or emerging significance and often will relate strongly to relevant problems of industry and government.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A strong academic record in an appropriate postgraduate diploma or an appropriate honours degree of at least second class level. Students may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. Optional units are intended to provide students with a broader and deeper insight into the knowledge, skills and applications of GIScience. Advanced standing is not normally granted for optional units.

Duration and Availability

This course is two year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

Each student's study program will comprise a thesis in geographic information science which will constitute the total study program and may not be completed in less than one year of full-time study.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

For further information contact the Department of Spatial Sciences on (08) 9266 7566 or email: or visit our website

Special Note

It is a requirement that two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and only one-third by coursework.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
99016 v.2   Master Thesis - Spatial Sciences


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Research Term 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Research Term 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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