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Postgraduate Major


Geophysics Major (MSc Science)


Advance your understanding of geophysical exploration methods, industry-standard equipment and software.


Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked 40th in the world for earth and marine sciences (QSWUR by Subject 2020)

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Geophysics is a branch of Earth sciences that uses physical phenomena to remotely image and characterise the subsurface, with applications in mining, oil and gas, geothermal, groundwater, and carbon underground storage industries. 

Geophysicists use seismic, magnetic, electromagnetic, radiometric and gravitational technologies and techniques to determine the structure and composition of natural, and sometimes artificial, materials below the Earth's surface, without the need for drilling and excavation.

This course is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate geophysics, science or engineering degree and wish to enhance their career prospects with an additional qualification in geophysics. 

It offers a solid grounding and practical training in a range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing, and interpretation.

You will gain hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment and software. You will also become more familiar with recent geophysical developments through a range of coursework units and investigative projects. 

This major sits within the Master of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Science).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Our courses are taught using a hands-on, practical approach and have direct industry involvement
  • Graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities
  • Our staff maintain excellent links to industry bodies
  • Lecturers have real industry experience
  • Our courses are tailored to meet the needs of industry.

Professional recognition

The Commonwealth Public Service Board accepts this course as satisfying its requirements for appointment as a professional geophysicist. A degree in geophysics satisfies the academic requirements for membership to the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (USA) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline, knowledge, principles and concepts; apply modern geophysical methods to exploration problems in petroleum, mineral and groundwater exploration; evaluate new methodologies
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively, analyse geophysical approaches to gathering subsurface information
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information, locate, appraise and select publicly available literature and data in printed and electronic media
  • communicate effectively; report on new geophysical development to industry, government and academia using written and oral presentations
  • use technologies appropriately; select best geophysical methods for given problems; be familiar with modern geophysical instruments and computer software; use electronic resources for communication
  • utilise lifelong learning skills; demonstrate an ability to learn independently
  • recognise and apply international perspectives; recognise the global nature of geophysical problems and regional issues relating to exploration for resources
  • demonstrate cultural awareness and understanding; demonstrate an understanding of the cultural impact of resource exploration and development
  • apply professional skills; conduct, organise and report upon a geophysical research project; apply a professional approach to working with individuals and organisations; demonstrate an ethical approach to using data and reports

Admission criteria

A recognised bachelor degree in science with competency in geophysics or a related discipline to the level of second-year tertiary study. Special consideration will be given to geoscience graduates with associate degrees or diplomas and several years of industry experience.

Please note: this course is not suitable for students who have completed the Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) (Honours) at Curtin.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-GEOPM
  • Last updated on: February 12, 2021