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Specialise in mineral exploration and mining geology and advance your technical expertise.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Science (Geology)
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
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Why study Geology at Curtin?


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

Highly ranked course

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

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.



Geologists study how the Earth works, including processes that have a major impact on our current and future wellbeing, such as the formation of geological resources, natural hazards, climate change and the movements of contaminants and pollutants through soil and rock. 

Geologists locate and advise on the extraction of minerals, petroleum and groundwater. They are also involved in detecting and monitoring natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and floods.

This course offers detailed knowledge of mining geology and mineral systems. You'll learn about the principal types of ore deposits, the fundamentals of mineral exploration, geochemical processes, collecting and displaying geophysical data and resource estimation, among other topics. You'll also complete a supervised project related to mineral exploration and mining geology.

From the field to the lab, the knowledge you'll gain in this course will help you drive advancements in mineral exploration. You'll gain technical and practical training that will help you evaluate mineral systems and pursue a career in the mineral exploration industry. The advanced technical training you'll complete can also help you to upgrade your qualifications or to enter a new branch of geoscience.

See our handbook for more course information. 

What jobs can the Master of Science (Geology) lead to?

This course can open up a wide range of geoscience career opportunities depending on your choice of units.

What you'll learn

  • apply advanced geological principles and concepts in theoretical, practical and vocational situations
  • analyse and synthesise complex geological problems using logical scientific methods and creative thinking at an abstract level
  • synthesise geological data on a range of spatial and temporal scales to make interpretations that allow for scientific uncertainty
  • communicate technical research skills concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions for specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • employ technical and communication skills to design, collect, analyse and theorise geological data that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • acquire an extensive geological knowledge and expertise from a range of sources in a variety of situations to enable the planning and execution of a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship
  • appreciate international perspectives on geoscience and recognise the importance of global standards for the collection and reporting geological data
  • recognise the need for sustainable use of Earth’s resources, and value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives on geological activities
  • work ethically and professionally with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability as an individual and as part of a team, complying with applicable legislation and managing time and other resources efficiently and effectively

The Master of Science (Geology) was well-organised and acted as a guide for students to start with basic knowledge and to progress to the highest level in petroleum geology. It contained practical industrial projects that contributed to the practice of theoretical knowledge. This project work was very valuable.

Linda Yang

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A recognised bachelor degree in geology or a closely related discipline.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $28,716*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

How to apply

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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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