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COURSE

Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience

GD-MINX

TAUGHT BY: School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS)

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.

2years

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.

200

About offering

This course provides an introduction to the role of geology in the mining industry and requires no prior technical knowledge. It is taught part-time using online resources, but students must also attend two five-day field sessions in Kalgoorlie.

The course will be of particular interest to graduates whose work brings them in contact with the mining and petroleum industries and who would benefit from a greater understanding of how mineral and energy deposits are found and evaluated. Topics include 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.

Geoscience

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

Why study Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience

  • 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.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A recognised bachelor degree.

Special consideration will be given to geoscience graduates with associate degrees or diplomas and several years of industry experience.

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 / 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 tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$26,700*

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).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-MINX
  • This offering was last updated on: September 23, 2018