UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Petroleum Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Petroleum Geoscience is a two-year coursework or coursework and dissertation degree course. This course aims to develop graduates with advanced skills in geological and geophysical data analysis and integration of datasets related to sedimentary basin analysis and petroleum geoscience. The course places considerable emphasis on the development of practical skills underpinned by conceptual knowledge, and the application of both to solving problems related to basin history and petroleum exploration through coursework and research project components of the course. Students have the opportunity to use latest digital technology to develop advanced skills in the analysis of geoscientific data and constructing 3D models.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Petroleum Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMPetGeosci
Course code73540
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code093309J
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Petroleum Geoscience has the following exit awards: 74240 Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Geoscience (24 points points), 74340 Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Geoscience (48 points points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Julien Bourget

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 all units (54 points):

NSGEOP4002Geophysical Data Acquisition and Analysis
NSGEOS4410Australia's Geological Evolution
NSGEOS4412Petroleum Systems
S2GEOS4418Basin Analysis Techniques
S2GEOS4419Biostratigraphy
NSGEOS5503Advanced Petroleum Geoscience
NSGEOS5506Structural Analysis for Petroleum Geoscience
NSGEOS5509Sedimentary Basin Field Excursion
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

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

S1, S2GEOS5011Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1
S1, S2GEOS5012Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
S1, S2GEOS5013Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3
S1, S2GEOS5014Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4

For students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 42 points, including at least 30 points at Level 5. The 30 points at Level 5 may include up to two options, chosen as substitutes, from related areas, as approved by the Faculty.

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take units to the value of 18 points including at least 6 points at level 5.

S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
N/AGEOS4413Environmental Geoscience
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
NSGEOS5507Analytical Techniques for the Geosciences
NSGEOS5510Applied Palynology

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

Rules

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 or equivalent as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) 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:

  • 74240 Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Geoscience (24 points points)
  • 74340 Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Geoscience (48 points points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Petroleum Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing four units, at least two of which are core units of the degree, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Geoscience.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Petroleum Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing eight units, at least four of which are core units of the degree,, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Petroleum 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 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;

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.