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Start Date

1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM210 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Build theoretical knowledge and practical skills in land surveying measurements and analysis.
  • Undertake cadastral surveying training looking at land management and boundary survey.
  • Complete a surveying project linked with industry in your final year.
  • Option to graduate with a diploma level qualification after one year of study.



The Master of Surveying is designed for professional scientists to further develop knowledge, ethics and practical skills in land surveying measurements and analysis.

This degree has a strong focus on integrating learning into industry experience. You will have multiple opportunities for fieldwork and study camps where you will work on cadastral surveying, GPS surveying, geodetic science, and precision positioning.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership in contemporary surveying.

An exit point is available at the successful completion of the first year, with the award of a Graduate Diploma in Surveying.

From 2019 UniSA's pathway into the Master of Surveying include the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Flexible Entry) and the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this degree you will build theoretical knowledge and practical skills in land surveying measurements and analysis. You will undertake cadastral surveying training looking at land management and boundary survey.

Also key to this degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your major project in the second year of study.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Cadastral Surveying GEOE 5007 4.5
Geodetic Science GEOE 5010 4.5
Remote Sensing: Photogrammetry (KGG544. University of Tasmania) 4.5 Note(s): 1
Survey Computations B (SVY2105. University of Southern Queensland) 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Cadastral Surveying Experience GEOE 5017 4.5
Land Law and Administration GEOE 5011 4.5
GNSS and Advanced Surveying Technologies GEOE 5004 4.5
Surveying Applications GEOE 5006 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Surveying Project 1N GEOE 5023 9
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Surveying Project 2 GEOE 5022 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

· essays, assignments and projects
· surveys, analyses and reporting
· field work
· group projects and reports
· examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


UniSA has active connections with Australian and international institutions and industry through our research and collaboration. Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

You will benefit from access to our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), where our academics and researchers have diverse research backgrounds and complementary expertise in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Geospatial Science, Project Management and Water & Wastewater Engineering.  A key aim of the centre is resolving real world, multidisciplinary problems and the challenges of industry, government and the community, at both national and international levels

Through your studies you may also become involved with the Barbara Hardy Institute. The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

Why Master of Surveying

Why this Degree

This degree has a strong focus on integrating learning into industry experience. It is supported and partially funded by the Surveyors Board of South Australia.

You will study advanced courses in surveying, including one distance education course in Remote Sensing: Photogrammetry through the University of Tasmania.

The degree involves camps and fieldwork in cadastral surveying, GPS surveying, geodetic science and precision positioning. You will also work with the support of a professional surveying organisation to complete a field-oriented project.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.  

You will benefit from access to our partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. 

Surveying has been taught at UniSA since the early 1970s, and the Surveyors Board of South Australia plays an integral role in the development and financial support of this degree.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates of this master degree find employment in professional areas such as land boundary (cadastral) and engineering surveying.

As a student in this degree you become eligible to enter into an agreement with the Surveyors Board of South Australia to undertake training in cadastral surveying, which will lead to formal licensing by the Board.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am currently a Surveying and Spatial Sciences lecturer, Program Director and Education Research Leader within the School of Natural and Built Environments. Before joining UniSA, I worked for Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency for 21 years where I undertook various surveying, mapping and management roles. I use this extensive experience to add authenticity to my teaching and together with my natural enthusiasm I create an engaging learning arena for students. I am passionate about student success and I am a member of UniSA’s Student Engagement Advisory Group and Orientation Working Group. I maintains links with the surveying and mapping industry through my membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and South Australia’s Board of Surveyors Surveying and Mapping committee where I champion new approaches to attracting, retaining and educating surveying and mapping students. 

Dr Paul Corcoran

Program Director

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Dr Paul Corcoran

Program Director


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