Enhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience.

Introduction

Geoscience is the study of our dynamic planet and aims to understand the origin and evolution of Earth, its ancient environments and climates, natural hazards and the formation of resources including petroleum, mineral deposits and groundwater. Knowledge of past and present earth processes is fundamental to predicting future environmental change.

This course develops your abilities to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of applications.

Why study the Master of Geoscience at UWA?

  • Long-standing collaboration between research and industry
  • Extensive practical and field work to get you job- ready
  • Course is well-established and well-structured
  • We harness the relationships with the following centres: The Centre for Exploration Targeting, The Centre for Energy Geoscience, Energy and Minerals Institute, Centre for Coral Reef Studies and Coastal Marine Systems
  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
  • We are 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.

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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.

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 Centre for Energy Geoscience and the Centre for Coral Reef Studies and Coastal Marine Systems.

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

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Student profile – and Course Coordinator, Annette George

This is Annette, she's an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Environment. Her key research is in Geology and tectonic history of sedimentary basins including sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and history of relative sea-level change, reef geology, mass extinctions, and application to mineral and petroleum resources. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with you in the Master of Geoscience.

Find out more about Annette's research.

Meet our students and graduates and read about what it's like to study science at UWA.

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Structure

The Master of Geoscience is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Students may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.

For more information, please refer to the UWA Handbook

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Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are in the resources industries (minerals, geothermal, and groundwater) or research fields such as planetary geology, volcano or earthquake hazard prediction.

Upon completion of this degree, you can work as a Geologist, hydrogeologist; geological surveyor; research scientist or work as part of a multi-discipline environmental team for rehabilitation work. You could also work in the fields of Policy and Natural Resource Management. Other career options include Economic Geologist, Physical Geographer.

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 completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

Find out about our world-class research at UWA Science Global.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

a bachelor's degree with a geology major or a Graduate Diploma in Geoscience, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

 

Additional information

Students may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):

Fees

Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

Contact us

Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 3939
Enquire on-line
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Frequently Asked Questions
Address
Student Central, The University of Western Australia (M353)
35 Stirling Highway
Perth
Western Australia 6009
Location
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Normal opening hours
Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm (Western Standard Time)

Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

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Master of Geoscience - Coursework: the details

Status
Available 2016
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1: full-time and part-time. Semester 2: part-time only
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083)
Ask UWA
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
Course code
72550
CRICOS Code
074954D
Additional information