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Master of Geoscience
Master of Geoscience

Master of Geoscience

  • ID:UWA610171
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry 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;


(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.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

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 for predicting future changes in environments and climate as well as contributing to the management of vital resources.

This course develops your abilities to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of applications. With the majority of Australia’s mineral and petroleum resources found in Western Australia, UWA is in a prime location for you to strengthen your geoscientific knowledge and skills in gathering and interpreting geological information for a wide range of applications. The structure and content of this degree lets you choose coursework units across a range of geoscience subdisciplines depending on your career aspirations, including fieldwork in Australia and overseas, as well as the possibility of undertaking a research project working with internationally recognised Earth Science staff.


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Course structure details


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):

  • GEOS4403 Introduction to Basin Analysis (6)

  • GEOS4417 Structural Geology for Exploration (6)

  • SCIE4401 Data Use in Science (6)

  • SCIE4403 The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science (6)


Take all units (24 points):

  • GEOS4410 Tectonics of Australia in the Indo-Pacific (6)

  • GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems (6)

  • GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems and Subsurface Characterisation (6)

  • GEOS5505 Multiscale Tectonic Systems (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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 or 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.

  • Geophysicist

  • Geologist

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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