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Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science

Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
0.5 year/s
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Area of study
Science, Environmental Science and Management

The Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science complements your current science qualifications and will further develop your professional skill set. This course is designed for professionals, across a wide-range of vocations, seeking to gain expertise in spatial science at postgraduate level.

This stand-alone course belongs to a pathway between graduate certificate, graduate diploma and Master of Environmental Management.

You are not expected to have previous experience in the spatial science field; however, if you do have some background, the repeatable placement unit allows the inclusion of project work in the unit selection.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


This course has been re-accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent international qualification.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science provides a package of applied spatial science units and includes a placement project option for those with existing experience in spatial science.

The course stresses both the importance of theory and the application of theory in practice through projects and practical exercises.

Those completing the Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science may be eligible to articulate into the Graduate Diploma and Master of Environmental Management with full credit transfer.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Specialist Electives
(4 units)
40cp Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

ENV502 Remote Sensing
ENV506 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking 
ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
SID500 Professional Practice in Environmental Management (repeatable) (no longer available from 2022)

  40cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Students who have completed SID500 should not complete ENV518.

ENV508 Applied Geographic Information Systems is now Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking.
ENV518 Advanced Spatial Science is now Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: SE = Specialist Elective


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
ENV502 Remote Sensing CO ENV506 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling CO
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking CO ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data CO

Students commencing in Semester 2

There is no Semester 2 entry into this course.


Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS




UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW



Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


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