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Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Geology)
1 year, 6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Specialise in an area of geology and advance your technical expertise.

Applied Geology

Linda Yang

The Master of Science (Geology) was well-organised and acted as a guide for students to start with basic knowledge and to progress to the highest level in petroleum geology. It contained practical industrial projects that contributed to the practice of theoretical knowledge. This project work was very valuable.


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)

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Geologists study how the Earth works, including processes that have a major impact on our current and future wellbeing, such as the formation of geological resources, natural hazards, climate change and the movements of contaminants and pollutants through soil and rock. 

Geologists locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and groundwater. They are also involved in detecting and monitoring natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and floods. 

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

This course provides advanced technical training to help upgrade your qualifications or enter a new branch of geoscience. You will attend lectures, seminars and group discussions, and prepare and submit a thesis-based research project.

You will complete a supervised project related to mineral exploration and mining geology.

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.

You will also gain technical and practical training that will help you evaluate mineral systems and pursue a career in the mineral exploration industry.

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.

Career information

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $19,000*
Total indicative course fee $56,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,900*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $19,400*
Total indicative course fee $58,100*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,700*

Fees are indicative only.

*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 0 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Last updated on: September 24, 2020