UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Ore Deposit Geology (coursework)

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.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Ore Deposit Geology (coursework)
Award abbreviationMODG
Course code70590
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code015855G
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typepart-time only
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Nicolas Thebaud

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

Course structure

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

NSENRL8529Geometallurgy [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]

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



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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) 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.

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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 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 8 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;


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

Additional rules


13. Subject to approval from the Course Coordinator/Head of School, students admitted to the course with a completed honours or graduate diploma which included a research component, are permitted to substitute for four coursework units the project units MING5521 Minerals Geoscience Project Part 1, MING5522 Minerals Geoscience Part 2, MING5523 Minerals Geoscience Part 3 and MING5524 Minerals Geoscience Part 4.