Master of Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

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 in predicting future environmental change. This course develops students' abilities to gather and interpret geological information for a wide range of applications.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MGeoSc
Course code
72550
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
074954D

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Geoscience has the following exit awards: 72250 Graduate Certificate in Geoscience (24 points) (24 points), 72350 Graduate Diploma in Geoscience (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Myra Keep
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (42 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSGEOS4410Australia's Geological Evolution
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSGEOS4411Mineralising Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
EART3346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART3345 Mineral Exploration Technology, EART8345 Mineral Exploration Technology; for pre-2012 courses: none
NSGEOS4412Petroleum Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSGEOS4417Structural Geology for Exploration
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or honours in Geology
Incompatibility:
GEOS4415 Applied Geoscience Topics
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2GEOS5011Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1
Prerequisites:
(a) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in 48 points of the Levels 4 and 5 units completed in the first year of the Master of Geoscience; and (b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the project
Co-requisites:
GEOS5012 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2GEOS5012Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOS5011 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal; SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1; SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2; SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2GEOS5013Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3
Prerequisites:
GEOS5011 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1, GEOS5012 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOS5014 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2GEOS5014Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4
Co-requisites:
GEOS5013 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 54 points, including at least 42 points at Level 5.For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points, including at least 18 points at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSGEOP4002Near-surface and Environmental Geophysics
S2GEOS4418Basin Analysis Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or enrolment in the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
Incompatibility:
EART3344 Basin Analysis
S2GEOS4419Biostratigraphy
Prerequisites:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
NSGEOS5503Advanced Petroleum Geoscience
Prerequisites:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
GEOS4416 Petroleum Resources
NSGEOS5506Structural Analysis for Petroleum Geoscience
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Science (thesis and coursework) (70630) or Bachelor of Science Honours (BH004) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
Incompatibility:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems prior to 2015
NSGEOS5507Analytical Techniques for the Geosciences
Prerequisites:
Bachelor of Science in Geoscience (or equivalent)
NSGEOS5508Isotope Geochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590)
NSGEOS5509Sedimentary Basin Field Excursion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Master of Science (thesis and coursework) (70630)
NSGEOS5510Applied Palynology
Prerequisites:
GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
S1, S2GEOS5596Geoscience Internship
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or two Level 4 GEOS units or equivalent
Incompatibility:
EART8504 Structural and Field Geology
NSMING5502Exploration Targeting
Prerequisites:
GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems or equivalent
Incompatibility:
EART3345 Mineral Exploration Technology, EART8345 Mineral Exploration Technology, EART8506 Computer-aided Exploration Targeting
NSMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590)
Incompatibility:
EART8519 South African Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NSMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems or equivalent
Incompatibility:
EART3346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8508 Ore Deposit Conceptual Models
NSMING5505Mineral Exploration Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems or equivalent
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree with a geology major or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

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

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72250 Graduate Certificate in Geoscience (24 points)
  • 72350 Graduate Diploma in Geoscience (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing 24 points, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geoscience.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Geoscience.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must have—

(a) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in 48 points of the level of Level 4 and 5 units completed in the first year of the course;

and

(b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the project.