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Units in second semester 2021 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Graduate Certificate

GC-MINX

Course
Graduate Certificate in Mineral Exploration Geoscience
Duration
1 year part-time
Credit
100
Location
Curtin Kalgoorlie

Outline

Exploration geophysics student in a field

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This 12-month, part-time, predominantly online course provides an introduction to the concepts and techniques used by geologists and others in exploring for and evaluating mineral and energy deposits. It assumes no prior geological knowledge, and is well suited for those who are already employed by or interact with the resources sector in finance, investment, administration or non-geological technical roles, and wish to gain a better understanding of the geoscience behind mineral and energy exploration projects.

What you'll learn

  • Describe and classify minerals, rocks and Earth resources, and explain their formation using geoscientific concepts
  • Solve geoscience problems through creative thinking and data analysis, allowing for the uncertainty of geoscience information
  • Collate, synthesise, and visualise geoscientifc data, and communicate this information to industry and community stakeholders
  • Recognise the finite nature of Earth resources, and the social and environmental impacts of resource extraction and geohazards
  • Recognise different perspectives on ownership and extraction of Earth resources, including those of First Peoples
  • Collaborate with professionals across the minerals and energy value chain, and prioritise safety in all situations

Admission criteria

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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants require a recognised Bachelor Degree in any discipline. Alternatively, applicants with more than three years' demonstrable experience working in a geoscience field may be considered for entry into the Graduate Certificate.

Course materials are delivered online, supplemented by one intensive five-day field based session in Kalgoorlie in semester one. 

As this course is nested in the Graduate Diploma Mineral Exploration Geoscience students may use their Graduate Certificate as a stepping stone to the next award.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $13,600*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Location

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2022

Semester 1
  • Partially online

2023

Semester 1
  • Partially online

2024

Semester 1
  • Partially online

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  • Curtin course code: GC-MINX
  • Last updated on: September 19, 2021