Honours in Hydrogeology

Note: this honours specialisation is not available for new enrolments in 2018.

Hydrogeology deals with the distribution, flow and interaction of groundwater with the Earth including the hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere. It is an interdisciplinary subject which investigates the chemical, physical and biological interactions occurring between water, soils/rocks, the natural environment and society. Research projects in hydrogeology focus on groundwater resource evaluation and exploitation; groundwater allocation and policy; the interaction of the environment and society with groundwater systems; contamination and remediation, geothermal resources, aquifer storage/recovery, mining and dewatering; and environmental water requirements, among others. Honours in Hydrogeology can lead you to a number of careers including consultancy, resource development (mining) companies, government regulation, research and academia. If you achieve an upper second class honours or higher, you can specialise through a one-year research (RTS) master's degree course or a PhD. All students who complete Honours in Hydrogeology may articulate to the second year of the Master of Hydrogeology (by coursework).

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of hydrogeological concepts across a range of topics, synthesise and integrate geoscientific data, and demonstrate higher-level technical skills and (2) critically review literature, undertake a scientific research project from collection of data through to written and oral presentation, and demonstrate time management skills.

Entry requirements: a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Geology major or the Environmental Science major (Earth specialisation); or equivalent, as recognised by UWA.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2GEOS4015Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Hydrogeoology
Co-requisites:
GEOS4016 Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 2
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S1GEOS4016Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOS4015 Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 1
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S1, S2GEOS4017Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 3
Prerequisites:
GEOS4015/GEOS4016 Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 1/Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOS4018 Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 4
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
S1, S2GEOS4018Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 4
Co-requisites:
GEOS4017 Honours Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 3
Incompatibility:
SCIE4501/SCIE4502/SCIE4503/SCIE4504 Science Research Dissertation Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4
NSGEOS4401Hydrogeological Systems
Incompatibility:
EART8711 Hydrogeology
N/AGEOS4402Hydrogeological Impact Assessment
Prerequisites:
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART8712 Hydrogeology in Context
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
and
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSGEOS5501Groundwater Flow Modelling
Prerequisites:
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART8713 Advances in Hydrogeology
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course
or
honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT2210 Biometrics 1
or
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550)
or
Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630)
or
Master of Biotechnology
or
honours in the Faculty of Science