Master of Spatial Engineering

  • CRICOS code: 106111A


The Master of Spatial Engineering is a 2–3 year degree (full-time) depending on your prior study.

Course structure

First year

In your first year (or equivalent) you’ll complete foundation engineering subjects – tailored to students from a non-engineering background. If you’ve completed the Spatial Systems major in your bachelor’s degree, plus the required maths and science subjects, you’ll receive credit for these foundation engineering subjects and start in second year.

Second and third year

In the second and third year of the program (or equivalent), you’ll focus on your chosen engineering discipline. As a spatial engineering student, your focus will be on mapping and visualisation, geographic information systems (GIS), 3D computer visualisations, surveying and satellites and image processing.

You’ll undertake an industry, design or research project and gain the skills and knowledge to practice as a professional engineer.

Choose your specialisation

As a Master of Spatial Engineering student, you can pursue your career goals and interests through one of four specialisations, or you can choose not to specialise if you’d prefer.


Study tailored business subjects developed in partnership with the Melbourne Business School, covering how economics, marketing and finance relate to engineering.

Computational Systems

Study machine learning, information visualisation and systems, and spatial programming and analytics.

Environmental Systems

Study water and environmental monitoring, modelling and analysis.

Land Systems

Study cadastral surveying, building information modelling, land development and property laws.

Industry, design and research subjects

Internship subject

Build your skills and work experience through our academically credited Internship subject. Run over 10–15 weeks, you could intern at a transport, infrastructure or surveying organisation.

Creating Innovative Engineering subject

Work on a real-world innovation challenge with an industry mentor through our Creating Innovative Engineering subject.

Infrastructure Engineering subject

Conduct research alongside our world-leading spatial engineering researchers in our Infrastructure Engineering Research Project capstone. Work on an industry partnered project, or pursue your own exploratory research. You’ll have the opportunity to present the findings to the public at our annual engineering showcase, the Endeavour Engineering and IT Exhibition.

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Master of Spatial Engineering

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