Postgraduate

Master of Geoscience

Knowledge of past and present earth processes is fundamental to predicting future environmental change. Enhance your skills and knowledge in geoscience.
2
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

Explore the career opportunities available to you.

Career Pathways

Employment opportunities for graduates can be found in the following industries:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Environmental Companies
  • Geothermal Research
  • Government Agencies
  • Groundwater Research
  • Mineral Resources
  • Planetary geology
  • Volcano and Earthquake Hazard

Studying Geoscience can lead to careers as:

  • Economic Geologist
  • Environmental Policy Manager
  • Environmental Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Geological Surveyor
  • Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Resource Scientist

Employment opportunities for graduates can be found in the following industries:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Environmental Companies
  • Geothermal Research
  • Government Agencies
  • Groundwater Research
  • Mineral Resources
  • Planetary geology
  • Volcano and Earthquake Hazard

Studying Geoscience can lead to careers as:

  • Economic Geologist
  • Environmental Policy Manager
  • Environmental Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Geological Surveyor
  • Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Resource Scientist
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

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

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2022
$86,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; and
(c) successfully completed prior tertiary study in geology or in a related cognate discipline as recognised by UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
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Course details

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.

About the course

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

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 72550
CRICOS code
  • 074954D
Master of Geoscience
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 72550
CRICOS code
  • 074954D
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Geoscience
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Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Conversion
Students who have not completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the School(s):
Core
Take all units (24 points):
Coursework and Dissertation (focus area)
Students completing the Master of Geoscience by Coursework and Dissertation take all 24 points (4 units) from this group.
Students completing the Master of Geoscience by Coursework and Dissertation take 24 points (4 units) from this group.
Coursework Only (focus area)
Students completing the Master of Geoscience by Coursework take units to the value of points so that points taken across this group and the Fieldwork and Advanced Topic Groups equals 48 points (8 units), with at least 24 points (4 units) of level 5 units.
Students completing the Master of Geoscience by Coursework must take a minimum of 6 points (1 unit) from this group.
Students completing the Master of Geoscience by Coursework must take a minimum of 6 points (1 unit) from this group.

Why study Geoscience?

  • Gain advanced knowledge of key geological concepts and geological processes operating at global to local scales.

  • Become equipped with sophisticated practical skills to solve geological problems, and obtain a sound working ability to conduct geoscience fieldwork.

  • Gain technical skills in analysis and interpretation of geoscience data at a range of scales (micro to global) incorporating conceptual knowledge of processes and materials.
  • You’ll be equipped with high-level skills in interpretation and integration of geoscience data applied to understand the location, origin and evolution of important resources and other geoscience problems. 
  • Gain advanced skills in communication of geoscience data and interpretations via 2D summaries, 3D models, written work and oral presentation.
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Abhijith hones his geoscience skills with real-world experience

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Master of Geoscience student, Abhijith Harikumar, credits an internship at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, via UWA’s Work Integrated Learning program, with giving him the opportunity to put into practice everything that he’s learnt throughout his degree in a real-world environment.

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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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