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Graduate Diploma in Geoscience

A Graduate Diploma in Geoscience will prepare you to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of purposes.

Introduction

Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and helps us to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of natural resources including groundwater, petroleum and minerals.

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Course description, features and facilities

Geoscience is a science that aims to understand all aspects of our planet, ranging from the Earth's surface to the deep interior. It also aims to discover how the Earth has evolved during the past 4.4 billion years, including the origin of continents, oceans, atmosphere and life. Applying knowledge of Earth processes and time scales is fundamental to locating resources such as groundwater, petroleum and minerals, and understanding climate and other environmental changes. Most of Australia's mineral and petroleum resources are in Western Australia, so UWA is well placed for students to gain geological skills.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in geoscience. It is the only institution in the world to house two state-of-the-art Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) instruments (CAMECA IMS 1280 and CAMECA NanoSIMS 50) providing a unique analytical capability to Australian and international researchers.

Our teaching is also supported by the world class research and development of the Energy and Minerals Institute, the Centre for Exploration Targeting, the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, the Geothermal Centre of Excellence and the Centre for Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration.

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Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2014;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Graduate Diploma in Geoscience

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

NSENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSGEOS4410Australia's Geological Evolution
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from Group A:

Group A

NSGEOS4411Mineralising Systems
NSGEOS4412Petroleum Systems
NSGEOS4413Environmental Geoscience
NSGEOS4415Mineral Geoscience Special Topic
NSGEOS5503Petroleum Resources
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are plentiful in the resource industries (minerals, geothermal and groundwater) or research fields such as planetary geology and volcano or earthquake hazard prediction. Additional employment opportunities exist in government agencies dealing with resources or environmental companies and agencies. Many graduates continue to develop their specialist skills in industry or government agencies around the world, while others join academic institutions.

 

Related careers

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Graduate Diploma in Geoscience can pursue further studies by completing the Master of Geoscience.

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This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from this University with a relevant major or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Geoscience of this university or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

English competency

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

Semester 1: 23 January
Semester 2: 26 June

How to apply

Submit a completed application form

Fees

Annual fee: $20378.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

International postgraduate applicants must complete the postgraduate application form and submit it through an authorised UWA overseas representative or directly to the UWA International Centre.

Fees

Annual fee: $32370.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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(+61 8) 6488 3939
Fax
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Graduate Diploma in Geoscience: the details

Status
Available 2014
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.   
Standard full-time completion
1 year
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building, Crawley Campus
postgrad-science@uwa.edu.au
Ask UWA
6488 7333
Course code
72350
CRICOS Code
074955C
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