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Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Mineral Exploration Geoscience

Graduate diploma

Switch your career to geology, and become skilled in exploring and evaluating mineral deposits and energy resources.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Mineral Exploration Geoscience
  • Duration
    2 years part-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Kalgoorlie
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Linda Yang

The course was very broad, from the fundamentals of geology to the specific techniques used in mineral exploration. It was taught online; however, we did have the opportunity to spend one week per year in Kalgoorlie doing practical course work, which solidified concepts and helped me to learn.


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

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Curtin is ranked 40th in the world for earth and marine sciences (QSWUR by Subject 2020)

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This course provides an introduction to the role of geology in the resource industry. It requires no prior technical knowledge.

The course may interest you if your work is associated with mining and petroleum, and if you would benefit from an understanding of how mineral and energy deposits are found and evaluated. 

You will become skilled in topics such as geological terminology, descriptions of ore bodies, exploration techniques including geophysics and geochemistry, as well as drilling and resource estimation techniques. 

You will also complete a geoscience exploration project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • We offer the most comprehensive range of postgraduate geology courses in Australia
  • You can choose to specialise in fundamental or applied aspects of geoscience, or combine both, depending on your needs
  • Many of our courses address the specific requirements of the minerals, petroleum and groundwater industries
  • The practical approach of our courses, combined with their direct industry involvement, provide our graduates with a competitive edge in the employment market.

What you'll learn

  • Apply geoscientific principles and concepts to improve exploration outcomes and meet society's growing demand for energy, metals and other raw materials
  • Solve mineral and energy exploration problems through creative thinking and the extrapolation, interpolation and analysis of geoscience information
  • Collate, synthesise, and visualise exploration data sets using digital technologies, and communicate this information to industry and community stakeholders
  • Recognise the finite nature of Earth resources, and the need to manage and mitigate social and environmental impacts of resource exploration and extraction and geohazards
  • Value different perspectives on mineral and energy exploration, showing respect for First Peoples and an understanding of their traditions and culture
  • Collaborate with professionals across the minerals and energy value chain, prioritise safety, and recognise the corporate and ethical need for accurate exploration results

Admission criteria

Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.

Special consideration will be given to geoscience graduates with associate degrees or diplomas and several years of industry experience.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Students are required to attend two five-day field classes in Kalgoorlie.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $14,358*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-MINX
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022