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COURSE

Master of Science (Geology)

MC-GLGY

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.

1year, 6months

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.

300

About offering

From the field to the lab, the knowledge you will gain in this course will help drive advancements in areas such as petroleum exploration, or mineral exploration.

This course provides advanced technical training for professionals intending to upgrade their geology qualifications or to enter a new branch of geoscience. This is achieved by attendance at lectures, seminars and group discussions, and the preparation and submission of a thesis-based research project.

Each major in this course comprises core units together with optional units in geology and related disciplines. Note that unit availability is often limited to specific semesters, which may affect the order in which you can take each unit. You will specialise in basin analysis and petroleum geology or mineral exploration and mining geology. You will complete a supervised project related to your stream, usually in collaboration with industry or government partners.

Basin Analysis and Petroleum Geology

Sedimentary basins contain a unique record of the tectonic, structural and sedimentological processes that created them. By understanding these processes, often using subsurface data sets, we can gain insights into the valuable energy resources that they contain. This stream will provide you with the technical and practical skills that you need to evaluate petroleum systems and to pursue a career in hydrocarbon exploration or production.

Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology

The mining industry is critical to our future. Without fossil fuels for power generation, silicon chips for computer chips, fertiliser for bumper harvests, metal for cars and buildings, and many raw materials for other growing industries, our current standard of living could not be maintained. This stream offers detailed knowledge of mining operations and mineral systems. You will learn about the principal types of ore deposits, the fundamentals of mineral exploration, collecting and displaying geophysical data, geochemical processes and magnetics theory, among other topics. This stream provides specialised technical and professional training for graduates in geology or closely related disciplines.

Applied Geology

What you'll learn

  • apply advanced geological principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations
  • analyse and synthesise complex geological problems using logical scientific methods and creative thinking at an abstract level
  • synthesise geological data on a range of spatial and temporal scales to make interpretations that allow for scientific uncertainty
  • communicate technical research skills concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions for specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • employ technical and communication skills to design, collect, analyse and theorise geological data that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • acquire an extensive geological knowledge and expertise from a range of sources in a variety of situations to enable the planning and execution of a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship
  • appreciate international perspectives on geoscience and recognise the importance of global standards for the collection and reporting geological data
  • recognise the need for sustainable use of Earth’s resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological activities
  • work ethically and professionally with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability as an individual and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively

Why study Master of Science (Geology)

  • 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.

Career information

This course can open up a wide range of geoscience career opportunities depending on your choice of units.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

A recognised bachelor degree in geology or a closely related discipline.

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 at least a three-year bachelor of science degree in geology or a closely related discipline from a recognised institution, or have completed a graduate diploma in this field of study.

Other requirements and notes for this course

There is considerable flexibility in the course structure with some units available in a concentrated, short-course format. Part of the research project may be undertaken in a short, intensive period.

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

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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 200 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.

International student fees for 2019

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,200*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent per annum. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-GLGY
  • CRICOS code: 084800F
  • This offering was last updated on: December 15, 2018