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 title
Master of Ore Deposit Geology (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MODG
Course code
70590
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Earth Sciences
CRICOS code
104799B

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
part-time only
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), UTAS, Curtin
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicolas Thebaud
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; N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

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 C:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Geoscience (72550) or Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
60 hours (see unit outline for breakdown)
N/AGEOS5507Analytical Techniques for the Geosciences
Prerequisites:
Bachelor of Science in Geoscience (or equivalent)
lectures/tutorials: 8 hours per week (2 x 4-hour blocks); reading/online tutorials/assignments/assessments (non-contact): 16 hours per week (for 6 weeks starting week 8 and ending week 13)
N/AGEOS5508Isotopes to Petrogenesis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590)
workshops: 9 hours per week
NSGEOS5513Geophysical Exploration for Mineral Systems
Incompatibility:
MING5502 Exploration Targeting
Intensive workshop teaching over two weeks (up to 7 hrs/day for 10 days) and some online components
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or two Level 4 GEOS units or equivalent
Incompatibility:
EART8504 Structural and Field Geology
a 5-day block and an up to 7 nights (8-days) field trip in Semester 2 (total workload is 150 hours)
N/AMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590)
Incompatibility:
EART8519 South African Ore Deposit Field Excursion
2-week block. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
N/AMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590) or GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems or equivalent
Incompatibility:
EART3346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8346 Ore Deposit Genesis, EART8508 Ore Deposit Conceptual Models

Note: Unit(s) available at the University of Tasmania

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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]
S2ENRL8592GeoData Analytics [KEA713 UTAS]

Note: Unit(s) available at the Curtin University

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENRL8538Natural Resources Economics [ECON6008 Curtin]
NSENRL8541Resource Cost and Capital 602 [ECON6021 Curtin]
S1, S2ENRL8542Resource Sector Finance [ECON6013 Curtin]
NSENRL8549Mineral Finance and Project Evaluation 601 [ECON6015 Curtin]
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Ore Deposit Geology
Incompatibility:
ENRL8549 Mineral Finance and Project Evaluation 601 [312811 Curtin]

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.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Geology or Geoscience, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

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

and

(c) at least two years of professional experience in a relevant occupation; or

(2) (a) a Bachelor of Geology or Geoscience with Honours, 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. 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 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.

Additional rules
Substitution

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 GEOS5011 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 1, GEOS5012 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 2, GEOS5013 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 3 and GEOS5014 Masters Research Project in Geoscience Part 4.