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Master of Ore Deposit Geology

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) and 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.

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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.

Master of Ore Deposit Geology (coursework)

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
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
NSMING5502Exploration Targeting
NSMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NSMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
NSMING5505Mineral Exploration Data Analysis

Unit(s) available at the University of Tasmania:

Group B

*ENRL8529Geometallurgy [KEA702 UTAS]
NSENRL8531Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains [KEA703 UTAS]
NSENRL8532Ore Deposit Studies and Exploration Models [KEA701 UTAS]
NSENRL8533Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology [KEA704 UTAS]
OSENRL8534Ore Deposits of South America [KEA706 UTAS]
NSENRL8535Exploration in Brownfield Terrains [KEA705 UTAS]

Unit(s) available at the James Cook University:

Group C

NSENRL8544Business and Financial Management in the Minerals Industry [EA5024 JCU]
NSENRL8545Advanced Field Training [EA5027 JCU]
NSENRL8546Advanced Techniques in Mining and Exploration Geology [EA5028 JCU]

Unit(s) available at the Curtin University of Technology:

Group D

NSENRL8538Natural Resources Economics 601 [10939 Curtin]
NSENRL8541Resource Cost and Capital 602 [313412 Curtin]
NSENRL8542Resource Sector Finance 602 [306031 Curtin]
*ENRL8549Mineral Finance and Project Evaluation 601 [312811 Curtin]

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.

Related careers

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Further study opportunities

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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 recognised bachelor's degree with honours in a relevant discipline, or a bachelor's degree plus two years' relevant industry experience, or an average of at least 60 per cent in a relevant Graduate Diploma of Science.

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: 24 January 2014
Semester 2: 20 June 2014

How to apply

Submit a completed application form


Annual fee: $8613.

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


On this page

  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. 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.

Contact details - admission information

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Master of Ore Deposit Geology: the details

Available 2014
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
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