Bachelor of Applied Science - Surveying (Honours)

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

In this course you'll gain the essential skills and knowledge required to succeed as a professional surveyor. RMIT offers the only undergraduate surveying degree in Victoria. It is accredited with local and international surveying organisations and thoroughly prepares you to enter the profession. The first two years cover general aspects of surveying and mapping. You'll also study specific fields such as cadastral and engineering surveying, GPS positioning, geodesy, survey network design, land development and subdivision, geographic information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, environmental studies, professional practice and business studies. The degree focuses on practical skills through field exercises, survey camps, and 12 weeks of professional experience prior to graduation. Surveyors practise in a range of areas including engineering and mining surveying, topographical and cadastral surveying, hydrographic surveying, land development and photogrammetry.


Early in the degree, you'll study the fundamentals of measurement science, cartography, and spatial information science (GIS). Other required skills in mathematics, statistics, and physics are also covered. Later, more specialised studies are offered in geodesy, map projections, spatial analysis, remote sensing, image analysis, and professional practice. Specialised studies in cadastral and engineering surveying, GPS, and advanced adjustment methods are central components of the degree. Practical work - Field camps are held in the second and third years to reinforce theoretical learning and allow you to exercise your knowledge of real-world problems. Practical work is based on industry-standard software and hardware, the same tools you will find in the workplace. You will have ample opportunities to develop skills and experience with these tools. Learning support - Learning support includes a first-year transition program, academic coordinators for each year level, and an active Geo


  • Geospatial information science, Positioning (navigation), Surveying.

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist Mathematics
  • And a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


The program is externally accredited through the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria. This means that the Board has identified it as one of the qualifications that leads to registration as a Licensed Surveyor in Victoria, Australia. The Board is also a member of the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand. Since 1892 the Council has been overseeing the reciprocal recognition of surveyor licensing between Australian states and territories and New Zealand. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of The Institution of Surveyors Victoria and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute. The program has international accreditation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which also entitles graduates to membership of that Institute. The program is also accredited by the Land Surveyors Board of Malaysia as a recognised qualification.

Study pathways

Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Surveying who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 may be eligible to receive exemption for up to one year's credit (equivalent to 108 credit points) if successful in gaining a place.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City Domestic: $122,880
International: $138,240
  • ATAR: 64
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time

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