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Units in second semester 2020 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

This course is not available for international students.

Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience
2 years full-time
Curtin Kalgoorlie


Switch your career to geology, and become skilled in exploring and evaluating mineral deposits and energy resources.


Linda Yang

The course was very broad, from the fundamentals of geology to the specific techniques used in mineral exploration. It was taught online; however, we did have the opportunity to spend one week per year in Kalgoorlie doing practical course work, which solidified concepts and helped me to learn.

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Highly ranked course

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

This course provides an introduction to the role of geology in the resource industry. It requires no prior technical knowledge.

The course may interest you if your work is associated with mining and petroleum, and if you would benefit from an understanding of how mineral and energy deposits are found and evaluated. 

You will become skilled in topics such as geological terminology, descriptions of ore bodies, exploration techniques including geophysics and geochemistry, as well as drilling and resource estimation techniques. 

You will also complete a geoscience exploration project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • We offer the most comprehensive range of postgraduate geology courses in Australia
  • You can choose to specialise in fundamental or applied aspects of geoscience, or combine both, depending on your needs
  • Many of our courses address the specific requirements of the minerals, petroleum and groundwater industries
  • The practical approach of our courses, combined with their direct industry involvement, provide our graduates with a competitive edge in the employment market.

What you'll learn

  • apply fundamental geoscientific principles and concepts to mineral and energy exploration
  • solve mineral and energy exploration problems using logical geoscientific methods and creative thinking
  • synthesise geoscientific data to infer the nature and origin of mineral and energy deposits, allowing for gaps and uncertainties in geoscientific data sets
  • communicate geoscientific information to a high standard, using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the situation
  • employ appropriate technologies to collect and interpret geoscientific data, recognising their strengths and limitations
  • acquire new geoscientific data and expertise independently from a range of sources and professional situations
  • collect and report geoscientific data using national and international standards and conventions
  • recognise the need for sustainable use of Earth resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on mineral and energy exploration
  • work ethically and professionally alone and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

Other requirements and notes for this course

Students are required to attend two five-day field classes in Kalgoorlie.

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

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

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.

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