Broaden and enhance your knowledge and skills in economic geology and mineral exploration by completing a Master of Ore Deposit Geology.


With world-class ore bodies becoming more difficult to find, there is an increasing recognition that geologists will require new approaches and skills in order to discover new deposits.

This course is designed for geoscientists who want to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in economic geology and mineral exploration. It will allow you to study a spectrum of economic geology topics specifically related to the discovery and evaluation of ore deposits.

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

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Course description, features and facilities

This course provides a high-quality, advanced education in the geology and evaluation of ore deposits. It is designed for geologists with different levels of professional experience and offers a world-class education from international and Australian experts; an opportunity to improve geological, computing, exploration and management skills; and includes hands-on practical experience, field excursions and research.

Units are taught by four institutions:

  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Tasmania (CRICOS Provider Code 000586B)
  • James Cook University (CRICOS Provider Code: 00117J)
  • Curtin University of Technology (CRICOS Provider Code: 00301J)

The course at UWA is part of the Minerals Geoscience Masters (MGM) program and is supported by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

Visit the UWA Centre for Exploration Targeting webpage for further information.

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.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 12 points from Group A and unit(s) to the value of 36 points from any of Groups A to D:

Group A

NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
NSGEOS5507Analytical Techniques for the Geosciences
NSGEOS5508Isotope Geochemistry
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
NSMING5502Exploration Targeting
N/AMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NSMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
NSMING5505Mineral Exploration Data Analysis
Note: Unit(s) available at the University of Tasmania

Group B

N/AENRL8529Geometallurgy [KEA711 UTAS]
S1, S2ENRL8531Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains [KEA708 UTAS]
S1, S2ENRL8532Ore Deposit Models and Exploration Strategies [KEA712 UTAS]
S1, S2ENRL8533Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology [KEA709 UTAS]
S1, S2ENRL8534Ores in Magmatic Arcs [KEA707 UTAS]
S1, S2ENRL8535Exploration in Brownfield Terrains [KEA710 UTAS]
Note: Unit(s) available at the James Cook University

Group C

S1, S2ENRL8544Business and Financial Management in the Minerals Industry [EA5024 JCU]
S2, S1ENRL8545Advanced Field Training [EA5027 JCU]
S2, S1ENRL8546Advanced Techniques in Mining and Exploration Geology [EA5028 JCU]
Note: Unit(s) available at the Curtin University

Group D

S1, S2ENRL8538Natural Resources Economics [ECON6008 Curtin]
NSENRL8541Resource Cost and Capital 602 [313412 Curtin]
S1, S2ENRL8542Resource Sector Finance [ECON6013 Curtin]
N/AENRL8549Mineral Finance and Project Evaluation 601 [312811 Curtin]

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Career opportunities

This degree is designed for professionals interested in further study who are seeking to familiarise themselves with recent developments in the field, or to enhance their intellectual and research skills.

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Further study opportunities

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

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This course is available to all students other than those holding an international student visa.

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  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

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

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree with honours, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b)(i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) a relevant graduate diploma, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(c)(i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) at least three years of full-time relevant professional experience in geotechnical engineering, exploration geology or geology resource.

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

Student may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.
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How to apply

This course is available to all students other than those holding an international student visa.

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  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

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Master of Ore Deposit Geology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Delivery mode
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
1.5 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Agricultural Central building
6488 7333
Course code
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