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Surveying and Spatial Sciences

Would you like to help shape the world of tomorrow? Surveyors and spatial scientists measure, map and model our world, playing a critical role in the decisions that affect our society.

Our Surveying and Spatial Sciences graduates are in high demand and have a 100% employment rate in a diverse range of industries and occupations. You’ll also be learning from the very best. The University of Tasmania is home to Australia’s top-rated spatial research group and your lecturers are world leading experts in their fields.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Hobart CRICOS 058833B

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Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences with Honours

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years
Hobart CRICOS 058835M

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Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years
Hobart CRICOS 078556G

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Use industry leading surveying and spatial sciences equipment, including custom drone technology, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), airborne and satellite remote sensing, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and laser scanning (3D point cloud processing).

Industry engagement is core to your learning through project-based units, input from practicing geospatial professionals, and industry and research-aligned capstone units.

Go beyond the classroom and get genuine experience, with summer research projects, field trips, and field-based units in Tasmania’s living laboratory right from first year.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Geospatial Science

This major combines Geographic Information Systems, Global Navigation Satellite Systems and remotely sensed data (from satellites, drones, etc.) to solve real-world problems. These skills are highly relevant across disciplines such as Environmental Management, Geography, Geoscience, Computing and Information Systems, Biological Sciences, Agricultural Science, Marine Science and Antarctic Science.

Available in Hobart.

Course breakdown

Discipline Study (100 credit points)

Eight units to provide a foundation in mathematics and deepen your knowledge of surveying and geodesy, complementing your major in geospatial science.

Geospatial Science Major (100 credit points)

You’ll complete eight units that focus on geospatial science, developing depth in remote sensing and geographical information systems.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units broaden your learning experience and complement your study with other discipline-specific studies. You may choose from any units offered from the College of Sciences and Engineering, or other areas of the University that are available as electives.

Career outcomes

Anna Riddell travelled all over the world after graduating with a Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences.

Now she is back in Tasmania researching why the continent of Australia is sinking.

Read more about Anna's story

Every industry on Earth utilises Surveying and Spatial Sciences in some way. Graduates have the opportunity to pursue a range of careers, including:

Geospatial analyst and GIS specialist

Conduct computer-based mapping and analysis of spatial information, resulting in efficient and effective decision making. From assessing the construction of billion-dollar tunnels under cities, projecting housing expansion over the coming decades, or evaluating climate change effects on the environment, geospatial analysts are involved in many different projects around the world.

Remote Sensing specialist

Provide measurement, mapping and data analysis from drone, aircraft and satellite sensors. Map areas of the world that can’t otherwise be easily accessed or visualised, both in real-time, e.g. during bushfires and floods, and as part of ongoing planning and management.

Land and Engineering Surveyor

Surveyors play an integral role in all aspects of land development, from planning and design of subdivisions through to the construction of major infrastructure, roads and buildings. Licensed Land (Cadastral) Surveyors are always in demand as they are the only people legally able to define land boundaries.

Hydrographic Surveyor

Measure and map the seafloor to inform large scale marine-oriented projects, like ensuring ports and shipping lanes are accessible for global trade.


Utilise satellite and terrestrial data to measure and map the Earth, and to monitor regional and global changes like sea level rise, shifting ice sheets, and earthquakes.

Study Experiences

Consider Environmental Science

See this great video from our partner, Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors

Capstone projects and industry engagement

In your final year, our Capstone project-based unit gives you the chance to engage with our world-leading research programs, or to pursue an area of specialisation of your own choice.

Experienced consultant surveyors and practising geospatial professionals contribute to the design and delivery of many of our units, giving you network opportunities prior to graduation.

If you choose to continue with the Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying, you’ll work with experienced practitioners for the theory components of the course. You’ll then consolidate your learning from both the undergraduate program and Graduate Diploma during a 20-week period of Professional Practice.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.