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MAJOR

Geophysics Major (MSc Science)

MJRP-GEOPM

TAUGHT BY: WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

This course offers a solid grounding and practical training in a wide range of geophysical exploration methods, including data acquisition, processing, and interpretation. During your study you will have 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. After successful completion of the first year you can exit with a Graduate Diploma in Geophysics.

This course is not eligible for Commonwealth Support, however additional Australian government income support may be available for eligible students. Please refer to the Study Assist website and contact the Student Services team for more details.

How to apply

This major sits within the Master of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Science). In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

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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

Why study Geophysics Major (MSc Science)

  • 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, theAustralasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (USA) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

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 as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Essential course prerequisites

You must have a bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in geophysics or a related discipline to the level of second year tertiary study.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please view the About offering tab for more information, including how to apply.

Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-GEOPM
  • This offering was last updated on: November 2, 2018