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Masters by Coursework
- Master of Science (Geology)
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 1 year, 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Specialise in an area of geology and advance your technical expertise.
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.
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 first in Western Australia, and 35th in the world for earth and marine sciences (QSWUR by Subject 2019)
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.
There are two streams: basin analysis and petroleum geology, and mineral exploration and mining geology. Each stream comprises units in geology and related disciplines.
You will complete a supervised project related to your stream, often in collaboration with industry or government partners.
Please note: unit availability is often limited to specific semesters, which may affect the order in which you can take each unit.
Sedimentary basins contain a 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 energy resources that they contain.
This stream will provide you with the technical and practical skills to evaluate petroleum systems and to pursue a career in hydrocarbon exploration or production.
Ore deposits - the result of natural processes that concentrate large volumes of minerals within a small area - are becoming more difficult to find and there is an increasing need for geologists to apply a new approach to mineral exploration.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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 outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176
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.
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:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2020
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.
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).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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- Curtin course code: MC-GLGY
- CRICOS code: 084800F
- Last updated on: December 12, 2019