Associate Degree of Spatial Science
University of Southern Queensland - External

Course outline

This program arms students with the technical and analytical skills for a career in one of Australia’s high demanding and most rapidly changing industries. Students acquire knowledge of innovative technologies including robotic total stations, drones satellite imagery and laser measurement systems. Students develop critical insights into spatial science through study of surveying, mapping, engineering systems, land development, town planning, environmental management, land law, and sustainable development. This program is a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree in spatial science, spatial science technology, or urban and regional planning. For more program information, visit Associate Degree of Spatial Science at UniSQ.


Students are required to undertake practical and professional activities relevant to their program through enrolment in a series of Practice courses in the program. External students must attend at least one, week-long, residential school in Toowoomba during most years of the program.


Toowoomba and external: geographic information systems (GIS); surveying; urban and regional planning.
Springfield: surveying.

Other requirements

Attendance at field excursions and practice courses in the form of residential schools is compulsory.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of Southern Queensland and for this course, refer to UniSQ’s website.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants must nominate on their QTAC application one preferred major of study.

Recommended study
Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C)
Assumed knowledge

English (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C)

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

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* “<5" – the number of students is less than 5

Career opportunities

Land and property development, mining, engineering surveying, land surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), drone photogrammetry, town planning, mapping.


Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds
Level of Qualification
Associate Degree
Study Area
Engineering and Technology
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 4 years Part time

Darling Downs & South West QLD