Current industry shortfalls in spatial information practitioners combined with a growing demand in Australia and internationally, ensure graduates a range of well-paid job opportunities.

The Master of Spatial Information Science has provisional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also among our suite of Australia’s first ever engineering courses to be granted European accreditation by EUR-ACE®, meaning graduates can work as accredited spatial experts in Europe.

The course allows students to study spatial information with a wide range of specialisations, such as in economics (market and value of spatial information), in psychology (spatial cognition, human-computer interaction on spatial information), in computer science (mobile spatial computing, spatiotemporal databases, spatial data mining), in planning (spatiotemporal analysis and visualization), in civil engineering (management of infrastructure), or in Geomatics (spatial data capture, tracking, mining).

Graduates of the program may choose from a wide range of occupations and fields, ranging from mapping the movement of bushfires with aerial and satellite technology, using global positioning systems to manage transport and delivery flows for a multi-national logistics company, designing mobile, location-based games, to advising politicians and NGOs on environment, planning and infrastructure issues.

Associate Professor Stephan Winter coordinates the Master of Spatial Information Science and also designed its curriculum. He is an expert in spatial information and his key areas of research are geosensor networks, human orientation, wayfinding and navigation, intelligent transportation systems, and spatial cognitive engineering.

“Spatial information helps us to make smarter decisions, build on a more sustainable future, facilitate transparent and open participation in public debates, or simply meet our friends. It has become an indispensable part of a global information infrastructure, and we are building this infrastructure.” Associate Professor Winter says.

“Spatial information does earn people big money; think of the inventors of Google Maps or Bing Maps, for example. Or Nokia buying Navteq for US$8bn in 2007,” he says.

“Australia has a vibrant spatial information sector, with jobs in government, consulting, infrastructure, environments, transportation, and many more. “

Joanne Bull started studying for her Master of Spatial Information Science shortly after completing a Bachelor of Environments at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Geomatics.

Joanne has a passion for Geomatics and Spatial Information Science and loves the fact that there are a wide range of industries her skills can be applied to.

Joanne is enjoying the ability to specialise. She is excited about her future career and doubts she will ever feel boxed in.

“Spatial experts can end up in all sorts of places; from working in the middle of a forest doing management resources, to working in a mine, or surveying.”

“I don’t think I could do one thing forever. This is why I like geomatics, because I know there are so many different ways I can apply my skills.”

Find out more about the Master of Spatial Information Science, as well as our scholarship opportunities.

Other programs available in spatial information at Melbourne include the Master of Engineering (Geomatics) and new in 2013, The Master of Information Technology (Spatial).