Master of Engineering Science 8338: Geospatial Engineering Commencing in 2015

Geospacial Engineering

This plan is no longer taking new enrolments from 2018.

This stream provides students with advanced study options across a range of topics in geospatial engineering, including, advanced surveying; modern geodesy and geopositioning; GPS/GNSS technology; geospatial image analysis; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); remote sensing. The program provides sufficient knowledge about the science and practice of geospatial engineering which should be required for students moving to industry or staying in the graduate program pursuing their PhD studies.

Entry requirements

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 65% average* in one of the following:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering with Architecture
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geoinformation Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Spatial Engineering

Other disciplines may be considered for entry as determined by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Articulate from a Graduate Diploma of Engineering with at least a credit average or an equivalent qualification from a recognised university or tertiary institution.

* NOTE: Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator. Students from a non-211 university in China need a minimum 70% average. For entry details (particularly for South Asian students) please click here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may apply to the Program or Stream Authority for advanced standing or exemption as per the UNSW RPL Policy and Procedures. Students with a four year Honours degree can obtain a maximum of 48 UOC of exemptions and must complete the following:

  1. At least 36 UOC of advanced level courses consisting of
    1. At least 24 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses.
    2. At least 6 UOC of Research-based Courses (GSOE9010).
    3. At least 6 UOC of Engineering and Technical Management Courses.
  2. A maximum of 12 UOC of other electives from the approved Electives Courses list.

Application for advanced standing or exemption would require substantiating evidence including documents such as academic records, continuing professional education, professional registration and statements of service from the employer.

Why do a postgraduate coursework program?

Whether you choose to undertake a Postgraduate Coursework program straight after your undergraduate studies, a few years into your career or as part of continuous professional development, it will help you to:

  • excel in your field: by extending your knowledge with highly specialised training
  • further develop key transferable skills: such as research and analysis, problem-solving, teamwork, management and communication
  • expand your options: by complementing existing knowledge or retraining to open new career opportunities.

Modes of Delivery

This stream is offered on-campus only.

Stream Structure

MEngSc students must complete a total of 96UOC of courses. Please note that the availability of the courses may vary from term to term and courses may be offered in alternate years.

Disciplinary Knowledge Courses - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:

Note: Disciplinary knowledge courses can be substituted with Advanced Disciplinary knowledge courses unless a specific course is prescribed in your offer letter or is listed as a core component of the program. (Courses that are core will be listed with an asterisks)

  • CVEN4101 Problem Solving for Engineers
  • CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys
  • GMAT4220 Geo-information Science
  • GSOE9712 Engineering Statistics
  • COMP9021 Principles of Programming
  • GEOS9012 Remote Sensing Applications
  • GEOS9016 Principles of Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • GEOS9017 Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Science


Advanced Specialisation Disciplinary Knowledge Courses - minimum 24 UOC (4 courses) chosen from the following:

  • GMAT9205 Fundamentals of Geopositioning (*)
  • COMP9517 Computer Vision
  • COMP9311 Database Systems
  • GMAT9600 Remote Sensing (*)
  • GEOS9012 Remote Sensing Applications
  • GEOS9016 Principles of Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • GEOS9017 Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Science

(* compulsory courses)

Research-based Courses - 18 UOC:

  • CVEN9451 Master Project A (4 UOC)
  • CVEN9452 Master Project B (4 UOC)
  • CVEN9453 Master Project C (4 UOC)
  • GSOE9010 Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC) or GSOE9011- (Distance version) Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials (6 UOC). Students may also substitute GSOE9010 Eng PG Coursework Res Skills if they have advanced standing for their undergraduate research project for GSOE9220 Launching a Startup (6 UOC).

Engineering & Technical Management Courses

At least 6 UOC must be taken from the Engineering & Technical Management Courses. For the Geospatial Engineering stream we recommend the following Engineering and Technical management courses:

  • CVEN9701 Eng Economics and Financial Management
  • CVEN9731 Project Management Framework
  • CVEN9888 Environmental Management

In addition, students may select any ETM elective in the consolidated Faculty list with approval.

Electives – maximum 24 UOC

Students may choose any course for which they are eligible to enrol, as electives, including any of the courses listed above.

Recommended Electives - Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses

  • CVEN9702 Project Planning and Control
  • CVEN9710 Management of Risk
  • CVEN9407 Transport Modelling
  • CVEN9888 Environmental Management
  • CVEN9512 Geomechanics
  • CVEN9744 Civil Engineering Practices
  • CVEN9802 Structural Stability
  • GMAT9211 Modern Geodesy and Applications
  • GMAT9300 Aerial and Satellite Imaging Systems
  • GMAT9606 Microwave Remote Sensing
  • COMP9517 Computer Vision
  • COMP9311 Database Systems
  • COMP9024 Data Structures & Algorithms
  • PLAN9018 Transport Applications of GIS
  • BENV7728 GIS for Built Environment


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