Master of Hydrogeology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Hydrogeology deals with the distribution, flow and interaction of groundwater with the Earth including the hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere. The subject investigates the chemical, physical and biological interactions occurring between water, soils/rocks, the environment and society. This course develops students' abilities to deal with topics such as groundwater dynamics, exploration, drilling and aquifer tests, sustainable allocation of groundwater, contamination and computer modelling.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Hydrogeology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MHydrGeo
Course code
72540
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
074963C

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 Hydrogeology has the following exit awards: 72240 Graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology (24 points) (24 points), 72340 Graduate Diploma in Hydrogeology (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years (duration may vary for mid year commencement) full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Bourke
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.

Students who have not completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the course must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

Note: Take units up to the value of 24 points from this group

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2GEOS4403Introduction to Basin Analysis
workshops: up to 4 hours per week
S1GEOS4498Fundamentals of Sedimentology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology 72540
workshops: 1 to 2 workshops per week for up to 3 hours for 10 weeks; additional 1 to 2 lectures for last 6 weeks
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
6 days. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSGEOS4401Hydrogeological Systems
Incompatibility:
EART8711 Hydrogeology
Workshops: 2 x 4 hours per week for up to 7 weeks. Total workload is 150 hours.
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
NSGEOS5501Groundwater Flow Modelling
Prerequisites:
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART8713 Advances in Hydrogeology
lectures/labs: 2 x 4 hrs per week for 6 weeks. Total workload is 150 hours.
NSGEOS5511Groundwater Hydrochemistry
Prerequisites:
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems and GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
workshops up to 2 x 4 hours per week; total workload is 150 hours

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GEOS5015Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 1
Prerequisites:
Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or (ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or (iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
GEOS5016 Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 2
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, 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, S2GEOS5016Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOS5015 Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology 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
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, S2GEOS5017Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 3
Prerequisites:
GEOS5015 Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 1, GEOS5016 Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOS5018 Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology 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
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, S2GEOS5018Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology Part 4
Co-requisites:
GEOS5017 Masters Research Project in Hydrogeology 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
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.

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
42
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1ENVT5563GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2ENVT5566Advanced Spatial and Environmental Modelling
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or (ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes or ENVT55662 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience or ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration or ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites or ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ) or Master of Professional Engineering (62550) specialisation Environmental Engineering.
total of 150 hours
NSGEOP4002Near-Surface and Environmental Geophysics
3 x 4 hour workshops per week for 5 weeks
NSGEOS4410Australia's Geological Evolution
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
workshops: 3 x 3 hours per week for 6 weeks. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSGEOS4413Environmental Geoscience
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Lectures and practical work. There may be a one-day field trip (TBC)
S2GEOS4418Basin Analysis Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or enrolment in the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
Incompatibility:
EART3344 Basin Analysis
workshops: 2 x 2 hours per week
NSGEOS5023Hydrogeology Field Excursion
Prerequisites:
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems or equivalent, and unit coordinator approval
Attendance on campus 2 weeks for preparatory workshops. Attendance on field excursion for 5-10 days depending on location. Preparatory workshops and reading undertaken prior to the field excursion, participation in the field excursion and completion of final field report after the field excursion is expected to be ~150 hours.
NS, S1, S2GEOS5502Hydrogeology Industry Placement
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points at Level 4 including GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems and approval of the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART8714 Hydrogeology Industry Placement
there are no formal contact hours
NSGEOS5504Mining Hydrogeology
Prerequisites:
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems and GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling
lectures/labs: 2 x 4 hours per week for 6 weeks
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 or ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
5 days (1 day per fortnight). The total workload for the unit is 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 http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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 Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, or an equivalent qualification, specialising in either geology, environmental engineering, environmental science (including units in hydrology or equivalent), or hydrogeology; or in a related cognate discipline, 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:

  • 72240 Graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology (24 points)
  • 72340 Graduate Diploma in Hydrogeology (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Hydrogeology course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Hydrogeology.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Hydrogeology course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Hydrogeology.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

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

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the course are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

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 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.

Additional rules
Research project

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

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the Masters Specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.