Master of Energy Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Energy 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 energy 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, energy exploration and production, and carbon capture and storage, and topics related to renewable energy sources, through coursework and research project components. Students have the opportunity to develop advanced skills using latest digital technology in the analysis of geoscientific data and constructing 3D subsurface models.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Energy Geoscience (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MEnGeosci
Course code
73540
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
Earth Sciences
CRICOS code
093309J

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 Energy Geoscience has the following exit awards: 74240 Graduate Certificate in Energy Geoscience (24 points) (24 points), 74340 Graduate Diploma in Energy 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
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Daniel Peyrot
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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; SS = summer teaching period; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (54 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSGEOP4002Near-Surface and Environmental Geophysics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 72550 Master of Geoscience or HON-GEOGY Geology or HON-GEOPH Geophysics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
3 x 4 hour workshops per week for 5 weeks
NSGEOS4410Tectonics of Australia in the Indo-Pacific
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or HON-GEOGY Geology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 3 x 3 hours per week for 6 weeks. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSGEOS4412Petroleum Systems and Subsurface Characterisation
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) 62520 Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas HON-GEOGY Geology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 8 hours per week for 6 weeks
S2GEOS4418Basin Analysis Techniques
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) EART3344 Basin Analysis
workshops: 1 x 2 hours and 1 x 3 hours per week
S2GEOS4419Biostratigraphy
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 1 x 3–4 hours per week
NSGEOS5503Advanced Energy Geoscience for a Low Carbon Future
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOS4416 Petroleum Resources
workshops: 2 x 4 hours per week for 6 weeks
NSGEOS5506Structural Analysis for Energy Geoscience
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 70630 Master of Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 8 hours per week
NSGEOS5509Sedimentary Basin Field Excursion
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 70630 Master of Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 2-4 hours for up to 2 weeks; field trip: 5-10 days depending on location
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GEOS5011Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project or dissertation
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) GEOS5012 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal and Unit(s) SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1 and Unit(s) SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2 and Unit(s) SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOS5012Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) GEOS5011 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester
S1, S2GEOS5013Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) GEOS5011 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1 and GEOS5012 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in GEOS5014 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal and Unit(s) SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1 and Unit(s) SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2 and Unit(s) SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction programme starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOS5014Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) GEOS5013 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3
Incompatibility:
Nil
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction programme starting the week before semester.

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.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership and Successful completion of one Unit(s) ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or Unit(s) ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or Unit(s) ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or Unit(s) ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications Or Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Incompatibility:
Nil
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S2GENG4410Fossil to Future – The Transition
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy (ID 1454) 62520 Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas (ID 414) 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) (Chemical Engineering specialisation and Mechanical Engineering specialisation) 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience (ID 1409)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 36 hours; practicals: 12 hours
NSGEOS4413Climate Geoscience
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-GEOGY Geology or HON-MARSC Marine Science or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 71590 Master of Oceanography or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures and practical work. There may be a one-day field trip (TBC)
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 70630 Master of Science or 70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
60 hours (see unit outline for breakdown)
NSGEOS5510Applied Palynology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 2 x 3–4 hours per week
NSGEOS5512Critical Metal Resources
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology or 70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology or HON-GEOGY Geology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Workshops: 8 hrs per week for 6 weeks
NSGEOS5514Marine Geoscience
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 71590 Master of Oceanography
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
2 x 4 hours workshops per week for 6 weeks
S1, S2, SSGEOS5596Geoscience Internship
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72550 Master of Geoscience or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
internship or placement hours as appropriate up to 150 hours.

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 Bachelor of Geology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent.

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 Energy Geoscience (24 points)
  • 74340 Graduate Diploma in Energy Geoscience (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Petroleum Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing 24 points excluding conversion units, with at least 12 points of core units, of which a minimum of 6 points must be degree core

, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Energy Geoscience.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Petroleum Geoscience course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, at least 24 of which are core to the degree, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Energy 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 which is calculated based on—

(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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
Research Project

14. 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.