Master of Environmental Geospatial Science (P7B)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Environmental challenges are becoming increasingly complex and problems like bushfire management and climate change requires highly skilled professionals. Environment professionals need to be able to analyse a variety of information, including mapped data, to adapt to the current crises. Business as usual is becoming increasingly data-rich and Tasmania’s Land Information System puts us in the fortunate position of being able to use geospatial information for many planning and day-to-day decisions across a wide range of sectors.

This course will teach you to integrate geospatial and environmental knowledge to make practical recommendations for enhancing decisions around places – both predominantly natural through to highly urban. The unique combination of environmental and geospatial skills in a pragmatic, case-based learning environment will place graduates well for an exciting career.

You will apply skills in geographical information systems and remote sensing to address complex problems associated with managing ecosystems and fostering sustainable practices. These skills are in high demand by government and industry employers, and your will benefit from our close connections with the profession and work-integrated learning.

Graduate with the skills to tackle complex problems such as climate change, and how to use spatial data to understand changing landscapes.

Graduates of this course typically work for local and state government, not-for-profits, and  the private sector. People with a combination of environmental  and technical skills are in demand, with employers including environmental consultants. Graduates can conduct field research and map and report on those findings. They can combine these practical skills with desktop investigations and spatial analyses. All parts of society are needing to make informed decisions about complex issues to do with biodiversity, climate change, bushfire responses and liveable cities, to name a few. Graduates of this course are equipped to tackle these challenges.

  • 1 Synthesise theory and contemporary knowledge in environmental geospatial science fields to define problems and solutions.
  • 2 Justify solutions to a range of complex environmental geospatial science problems by applying data collection and analysis techniques
  • 3 Manage the design, documentation, and resourcing of geospatial science solutions in diverse environments workplaces, and across contested environment issues
  • 4 Develop and justify your own positions on environmental geospatial science issues in line with principles of sustainability.
  • Field skills

    The course provides a range of practical experiences, from being able to assess fuel loads for bushfire planning, to assessing urban bushland for biodiversity values. Being able to research and write a management plan or give practical advice about changing coasts is all part of the  learning in this course.

    Living laboratory

    Our campuses are close to a diverse range of environments from urban to remote. Within 30 minutes of the Sandy Bay campus, you can access the Tasmanian wilderness to the north of Mt Wellington/kunanyi. This unparalleled access makes for rich learning in best practice approaches for environmental stewardship.

    This course is supported by Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). Through EIANZ, there is a range of professional learning opportunities and a formal mentoring program.

    KGA709 Professional Placement

    Through this authentic, problem-based unit, you will be encouraged to develop contacts within their profession and with broader stakeholders. The unit has learning that will encourage students to practise key employability skills and develop their skills as reflexive practitioners, reflecting on their values, professional ethics and professional codes of practice. Assessments will enable students to apply discipline specific knowledge and insights from the scholarly literature to everyday planning and management practices.

    Via authentic assessment tasks, students will enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Assessments emphasise important transferable employability skills, such as clear writing, oral presentation skills, report writing, field and professional skills (e.g. preparing a CV, writing briefing notes, addressing selection criteria).

    Career outcomes

    The job market for people with a combination of environment and geospatial science skills is strong and getting stronger as infrastructure projects associated with COVID recovery ramp up demand within local government and environmental consultancies. Employers consistently ask for environment graduates who have a sophisticated knowledge and ability to create, analyse and present spatial data as well as being able to conduct environmental fieldwork and have knowledge of environmental planning. The combination of technical geospatial skills with environmental skills makes graduates more employable than an environment course on its own.

    Our teaching team is in an ideal position to train geospatial professionals. We are ranked above world standard (ERA 5) for outstanding research performance and provide students with unique experiences that directly relates to delivering a distinctive and place-based experience.

    Specialist geospatial skills give graduates access to a range of jobs at both entry-level with government, industry or a not-for-profit, including the following:

    • Environmental Project Officer
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Environmental Technician
    • Geographic Information Systems Officer
    • Natural Resource Officer
    • Natural Environment Project Officer
    • Sustainability Advisor

    Course structure

    This degree may be completed in 3 or 4 semesters depending on level of qualifications on entry and your discipline preparedness. You may be eligible for the 3 semester course if you have a Bachelor degree in a science field with a major in Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences completed to a standard of achievement that is deemed acceptable by the College. Students in the 3 semester course are exempt from the transition units in their first year and require 50 credit points. Units should be selected to fill in knowledge and skill gaps and will  depend on the applicant’s disciplinary strengths. 

    Four semester students should complete 200 credit points. All students complete a second year consisting of 100 credit points. In second year, 50 credit points will consist of the independent Research Thesis Pathway, or Professional Research Pathway. If a student meets the requirements for entry into our independent research stream, then the units KGA742 Research Thesis A and KGA743 Research Thesis B will replace KGA703 Professional Research Methods and KGA704 Professional Research Practice. Independent Research stream requires a coursework average of 75% or over in the first year of the Master of Environmental Geospatial Science (full-time equivalent) and approval of a research topic from both a supervisor and the Unit Co-ordinator.

    Units in this degree contribute either 12.5 or 25 credit points per unit to your total. Look at the individual unit details to see the credit points and other details for each unit.

    The physical and living aspects of the global environment interact to produce the extraordinary variety of landscapes, ecosystems and species that occupy this planet. This unit highlights the interplay and conservation of controlling processes so that they continue to maintain…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The conservation of nature needs to occur at the landscape scale as well as within protected areas. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their type, there are landscape processes, both…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing, environmental management systems and related environmental management tools. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental management for Tasmanian, Australian and international…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly common in our everyday lives, even if we're not necessarily aware of it. This unit looks at how GIS datasets and processes can be used to produce mapped representations of the world around…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will give you advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There is an increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in spatial data analysis, particularly in the context of environmental…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit introduces you to theoretical and practical foundations of remote sensing. The unit starts with the physics of remote sensing including the concepts of electromagnetic energy and the interaction of energy with the atmosphere and the earth surface. We…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) enable autonomous global positioning using signals broadcast from various satellite constellations. With an ability to achieve accuracies ranging from metres to millimetres, GNSS provides positioning capability that underpins a host of scientific, commercial, civilian, and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Students in this unit will undertake the equivalent of an unpaid, professional placementof 80 hours duration, which gives them a work integrated learningexperience – providing intended learning outcomes that could reasonably beexpected from a placement within a government, non-government or…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will provide you with high-level theoretical knowledge and practical skills in image analysis techniques, such as geometric image correction, image filters, texture measures, vegetation indices, LiDAR point cloud filtering, classification algorithms, object-based image analysis, change detection, and accuracy…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Choose one unit from the following

    In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake planning for protected area systems. We will explore the frameworks, processes and methods used to identify areas for inclusion in national reserve systems. Students will have the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineWinter school

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit focuses on advanced aspects of spatial data analysis, including practical aspects of developing software scripts for GIS analysis and customisation. This unit will start with a field excursion where you will collect your own point sample data with…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Aerial photography has recently become a technology that is widely available. The advent of drones and modern photogrammetric software has revolutionised the way in which we can collect information about the earth’s surface. Photogrammetry is the science of measurement from…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Note: the Independent Research Pathway requires a coursework average of 75% or over in the first year of the Master of Environmental Geospatial Sciences (full-time equivalent) and approval of a research topic from both a supervisor and the Unit Co-ordinator.

    The structure of the degree ensures that graduates have the full range of required skills for protected area planners and managers in senior roles. This includes the core units which ensure graduates have technical spatial science skills, and core protected area governance and management knowledge, as well broader landscape conservation knowledge. Additional key skills in business and management are taught through the business unit in year 1. Graduates are offered pathways to customize learning in year 2 to their intended field of work, including a choice of electives from Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Marine and Antarctic Environments. These units all feature place-based capstone experiences that highlight Tasmania’s unique places. All graduates will also gain research and workplace skills in their second year of study. Experiential learning is facilitated through field components within the core units, which involve practical experience of working world activities in natural environments. The professional research pathway includes two core research units in the second year of study: KGA703, KGA704.

    This unit focuses on learning research methods to solve real problems. You will come to understand how to design research, define an argument in response to the problems, use scholarly databases, consider ethical issues in data collection, generate field data,…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit provides postgraduate students with the skills and knowledge to undertake policy-based research as a key transferable employability skill. Practical skills development focuses on undertaking research to inform evidence-based policy positions for a topical real-world issue. Upon completing this…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The structure of the degree ensures that graduates have the full range of required skills for protected area planners and managers in senior roles. This includes the core units which ensure graduates have technical spatial science skills, and core protected area governance and management knowledge, as well broader landscape conservation knowledge. Additional key skills in business and management are taught through the business unit in year 1. Graduates are offered pathways to customize learning in year 2 to their intended field of work, including a choice of electives from Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Marine and Antarctic Environments. These units all feature place-based capstone experiences that highlight Tasmania’s unique places. All graduates will also gain research and workplace skills in their second year of study. Experiential learning is facilitated through field components within the core units, which involve practical experience of working world activities in natural environments. If a student meets the requirements for entry into our independent research stream, then the units KGA742 Research Thesis A and KGA743 Research Thesis B will replace KGA703 Professional Research Methods and KGA704 Professional Research Practice. The independent research stream requires a coursework average of 75% or over in the first year of the Master of Protected Area Conservation (full-time equivalent) and approval of a research topic from both a supervisor and the Unit Co-ordinator.

    Research and project management skills are core professional competencies. Undertaking a thesis as part of your Masters will equip you with the experience needed to undertake research independently or as part of a team, and the skills to design and…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Research and project management skills are core professional competencies. Undertaking a thesis as part of your Masters will equip you with the experience needed to undertake research independently or as part of a team, and the skills to design and…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    To qualify for a 12 unit MEnvGeoSci, you must currently hold a Bachelor degree in an environmental or geospatial sciences area, or a Bachelor degree in any discipline and a Graduate Certificate/Diploma in an environmental or geospatial sciences area covering the fundamental knowledge of either ecosystem components, ecological processes, and principles of environmental management or have successfully completed either GIS or remote sensing units. Students who do not hold a Bachelor or Graduate Certificate/Diploma in an environmental or geospatial sciences area will be required to complete a 2-year, 16 unit masters.

    Admission to most postgraduate coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. Applicants must achieve the required grade in their qualifying studies, meet any prerequisite subjects, and meet English language requirements to be eligible for an offer.

    English Language Requirements  

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    Course Specific Requirements

    To qualify for a 12 unit MEnvGeoSci, you must currently hold a Bachelor degree in an environmental or geospatial sciences area, or a Bachelor degree in any discipline and a Graduate Certificate/Diploma in an environmental or geospatial sciences area covering the fundamental knowledge of either ecosystem components, ecological processes, and principles of environmental management or have successfully completed either GIS or remote sensing units. Students who do not hold a Bachelor or Graduate Certificate/Diploma in an environmental or geospatial sciences area will be required to complete a 2-year, 16 unit masters.

    The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits set down in the Student Participation and Attainment Ordinance.

    Articulation from: The Graduate Certificate of GIS (S5A) fully articulates into the Master. Candidates enrolling in the Master who have completed S5A will be given credit for the units of the Graduate Certificate. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Professional Honours in Environmental Geospatial Science) (P4J) also fully articulates into the Master. Candidates enrolling in the Master who have completed Professional Honours will be given credit for the units of the Professional Honours.

    Articulation to: Graduates are eligible to apply for a Research Higher Degree program, including PhD.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 65,188 AUD *.

    Course cost based on a rate of $32,033 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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